Arrived in Kasane on Sunday. This town is basically where the Chobe and Zambezi rivers meet, and is right next to the Chobe National Park as well as riverside farmland and direct access to an area that Botswana is trying to develop as its breadbasket - Pandamatanga. Border crossings to Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are all within cooee of here, and the area is a cornerstone of the safari industry, so a high risk area for quarantine to say the least. This is where the current outbreak of fruitfly is, which Sonya & Bill, the two entomologists who also arrived on Sunday, will really focus on.
Staying at the Thebe River Lodge, on the banks of the overflowing Chobe River. Simple but comfortable, no tv or internet, mosquito nets above the beds. Bar and time out area overlooks the river, very pleasant.
The wildlife has really turned it on for us, saw the first elephant from the plane (not on the runway!) and several since, both close to town and in the Park. Warthogs amble through town and live on the golfcourse..... Drove through the national park to see the Ngoma border checkpoint crossing to Namibia, pics attached in the Chobe album.
Also saw the Kasangula ferry crossing for trucks going to Zambia & Zimbabwe- small barges carry the trucks across one at a time. Estimated about 150 trucks waiting- from three to five days I'm told. The rivers are big & currently fast-flowing, apparently its not uncommon to lose a truck. I don't think we're going that way on Saturday when we'll cross to Zimbabe for a day trip to Victoria Falls, which are downstream.....
Tomorrow we go to Pandamatanga, will update again in the next few days.