CRESTA MOWANA SAFARI RESORT & SPA
On the banks of the mighty Chobe River lies Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa - where nature meets luxury! In these tranquil surroundings you will come to experience true African comfort: superb, spacious accommodation, delectable cuisine and personalized, one-on-one service.
Experience relaxation and recuperation with a range of treatments at the on-site spa, or with a leisurely canoe trail on the waters of the Chobe. To take full advantage of a wealth of wildlife, embark upon an exhilarating game drive in the Chobe National Park. The national park is famous for its large elephant herds, and has some of the largest concentrations of game on the entire African continent.
For a more laid-back holiday, tackle 9 holes on the infamous golf course, or simply interact with the spectacular, natural surrounds on a slow walk along the river.
Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge is a 4 Star establishment with an average room rate of US$200 per night.
The gateway to Chobe National Park, Kasane is an important point of debarkation for the nearby Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Livingstone in Zambia, and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. Spread out along the banks of the Chobe River, Kasane presents an array of hotels, guest houses and campsites that accommodate all the visitors to the national park. Some are splendidly situated, with wonderful views of the river and its wildlife. Often visitors opt to have a morning game drive and an afternoon boat cruise, with an afternoon game drive the following day, as this is the time of day when elephants are usually spotted.
Another option is a day trip to Victoria Falls, which is about 80 kilometres from Kasane. Kasane now boasts small shopping malls where all basic commodities can be purchased, and arts and crafts shops. While its main attraction is the park that lies a mere 10 kilometres away, there are attractions in and around the town such as;Chobe National Park, Lesoma Memorial Monument, Ngwenzumba Pans, Savuté Pans and the World Famous Okavango Delta (Although a distance from Kasane, Charter flights are available from Kasane to the Okavango Delta).
Although a distance from Kasane, Charter flights are available from Kasane to the Okavango Delta. One of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world, the Okavango Delta gives entrance to the spectacle of wild Africa such as dreams are made of – the heart-stopping excitement of big game viewing, the supreme tranquility and serenity of an untouched delta, and evocative scenes of extraordinary natural beauty.
A journey to the Okavango Delta – deep into Africa’s untouched interior – is like no other. Moving from wetland to dryland – traversing the meandering palm and papyrus fringed waterways, passing palm-fringed islands, and thick woodland, resplendent with lush vegetation, and rich in wildlife – reveals the many facets of this unique ecosystem, the largest intact inland delta in the world.
Botswana is located at the center of southern Africa, positioned between South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. One of the world’s poorest countries at independence in 1966, it rapidly became one of the world’s development success stories. Significant mineral (diamond) wealth, good governance, prudent economic management and a relatively small population of more than two million, have made it an upper middle-income country.
Botswana has a stable political environment with a multi-party democratic tradition. General elections are held every five years. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has been in power since 1966. His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Botswana Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi assumed the Presidency on April 1st 2018 and will stand for the Presidency in the next general elections.
LESOMA MEMORIAL MONUMENT
In 1977, the brutal civil war in the then Rhodesia spilled over into Botswana. In the process, 15 Botswana Defence Force soldiers died; however, the incident only strengthened Botswana’s national resolve to remain a peace loving nation.
The Ngwezumba pans lie approximately 70 kms south of the Chobe River and comprise a large complex of clay pans, surrounded by mophane woodlands and grassland plains. During the rainy season, the pans fill with water, then attracting wildlife that move away from the permanent water sources of the Linyanti and Chobe Rivers.
Truly at the interior of the park, Savuté boasts most of the Chobe species, except for water-loving antelope. It is best known for its predators, particularly lion, cheetah and hyena, of which there are large resident populations. The Savuté channel flows from the Linyanti River for about 100 kilometres, carrying water away from the river and releasing it into a vast swampland called the Savuté Marsh, and further south onto the Mababe Depression, which is also fed by the Ngwezumba River from the northeast. The Mababe – immense and flat and fringed by thickets of trees – was once part of the Makgadikgadi super-lake. When filled with water, it becomes the venue for thousands of migratory birds and animals, particularly large herds of zebra.
Geographically, Savuté is an area of many curiosities. One of its greatest mysteries is the Savuté channel itself, which has over the past 100 year inexplicably dried up and recommenced its flow several times. This irregular water flow explains the numerous dead trees that line the channel, for they have germinated and grown when the channel was dry and drowned when the channel flowed again.