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August 15, 2016 - Kasane, Botswana


Blog Day 12


August 15


Another long drive today (about 330km) to Kasane which is a dusty border town where 4 countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  It lies on the beautiful Chobe River.


We hadn’t booked any accommodation here, thinking there were plenty of campsites and self-catering places.  What we didn’t know was that they are holding ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ competition here this week and all accommodation is filled with huge muscle-bound individuals and their support staff.  We couldn’t believe the size of some of the men wandering around the streets.


Fortunately for us we were told that the old Toro Lodge had recently been refurbished and only just opened that week.  So we drove there to find the now renamed ‘Big Five Chobe Lodge’ and magnificent camp sites, each with our own brand new ablutions.  Just on the other side of the fence, two young elephants were grazing peacefully.  We had a drink on the patio and booked for a sunset cruise on the river.


The cruise was lovely – slowly meandering along the river to the point where it flows into the mighty Zambesi, and then back again to stop in the middle of the river for a drink with hippos popping up near us and grunting and elephants wandering along the bank.  The sunset was a glorious deep pink so we sipped our beers and G & T’s and completely relaxed.


Can’t believe we are here.


Back at camp we decided that tomorrow we are going to head out to Muchenje which is about 60km from here along the main road, but we are going to take the long and windy 4x4 route through Chobe Game Reserve along the river.  The Beards and Joneses have hired a Toyota 4x4 vehicle as theirs are unlikely to make it through the very soft sand.  The idea is to leave really early (6am) which means we are going to have to get up in the dark at 5!!

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