The next morning it was a very early start back to JoBurgh airport to get an Air Botswana flight to Kasane, check in was 06.00. I had booked a direct flight from JNB to Kasane, located on the banks of the Chobe River. However at the airport the check in desk was closed, flights had been cancelled...I think as only 6 px were booked and the flight rerouted via Gaberone at the later time of 10.00. The flight from JNB to Gaberone was very short but you got a hot pasty.
At Gaberone we had get off the plane and get our bags, go through immigration and check in for the flight to Kasane.....on the plane we had just got off!! what a farce, the crew found it very amusing.The flight to Kasane was full, and we were fed again, this time we were served a hot snack and Biltong.
|The new Sir Seretse Khama Airport, very posh, very new and I got told off for taking photos|
I had found that most of the accommodation in Botswana can not be booked independently, you have to go through an agent. I wanted to stay at the Safari Lodge in Chobe National Park and was advised to use Expert Africa. They were fabulous! The agent I spoke to; Megan, informed me about Chobe under Canvas.
Chobe Under Canvas combines the advantages of a mobile camping safari with the luxuries of a semi-permanent tented camp. It is always based in the Chobe Riverfront area of the Chobe National Park, in keeping with the national park’s mobile-camping rules the camp is packed up every fifth day and moved to a new private camping site in the same area. It was a guide from this company who collected us from Kasane airport, we were late landing as there were Baboons on the new long runway, able to take large aircraft, direct from Europe! What a layover? Our guide was also late as there was a lion kill on the roadside on the main road to the airport....Welcome to Africa!
We were taken from the airport to lunch at a local hotel and then met other guests, the party was 8, and had our sundowner cruise on the Chobe river, that Gin & Tonic went down very well! It was wonderful, but just be warned if you had travelled from Europe or USA you may have found this a bit much. I was glad we spent the first night in JNB so we were not tired or jet lagged.
We then drove into Chobe National Park and our Tent, one of the 4 in the mobile campsite.