I have been fortunate during my working career to have been involved in construction projects which have taken me to some interesting, even exciting, parts of the world. Top of that list is Kasane, a small town on the Chobe River in the far north of Botswana, South Africa’s neighbour on its northern side and one of the nicest countries you will find just about anywhere.
Aerial view of the Chobe River while landing at Kasane
Nice because it is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, with just 2,3m people at an average density of 3 people per square kilometre, and the vast majority are inherently friendly, decent people. The country is blessed with large tracts of unspoilt wilderness where you will find some of the last vestiges of the Africa that existed before human interference made its mark.
The Flood plain
My involvement in the Kasane Airport project, now complete and functioning well, meant I spent an accumulative 60 days or more in Kasane during monthly visits spread over 3 years and I used every opportunity to spend free time in Chobe Game Reserve and on the Chobe River, soaking up the incomparable African game-viewing and bird-watching on offer.
So where is this leading? Well, I made what is likely to be my last visit to Kasane in November 2018, during which I joined a “farewell” photographic safari both on land and on the river, which left me with a head full of special memories and a memory card full of treasured images.
Leaving Chobe Game Reserve after the game drive that morning along the familiar sandy, bumpy track, through the Sedudu gate and out on to the tar road back to Kasane, it momentarily struck me that this was possibly the last time I would see this place and an almost tangible sadness washed over me for a few seconds, only to be replaced with the happy thought of all the memories I had gathered over more than 3 years, memories that I would love to share in the best way I can.
I have written several posts about some outstanding experiences in Chobe over the last few years, but there is so much more to tell, so expect a short-ish series of further posts over the next few weeks -or months featuring some or all of the following :
- The iconic species, both animal and avian, that call Chobe home, from Elephants to Hornbills, Leopards to Fish Eagles
- The bird atlasing trips that I squeezed into a busy schedule while in Kasane
- Stylish photographic safaris with Pangolin Safaris
- Whatever else pops up in my memory bank (aka my journals)
6 thoughts on “Chobe River and Game Reserve – a Special Place”
Incredible photos!! Looking forward more tales from Kasane.
Thanks Sarah! More coming up but at my usual slow pace
Easy to see why Chobe holds such special memories for you!
Very special indeed! Next best thing to visiting Chobe is writing about it…
Donald – It’s now 22 years since Sheila and I took our safari to Botswana. Like you, we loved every minute of it and, like you, I’m seriously considering going back and will pick your brains as to where to go – I’m assuming Chobe National Park. The photos from the camp look absolutely astounding. I’m sure this won’t be your last visit, even if you have to pay for it!!!!!!!!!
I’m hoping it wasn’t my last trip to Chobe but time will tell
Last time you were in the Delta so I would highly recommend Chobe for a follow up visit perhaps combined with a Vic Falls visit