Africa 2012: Crossing the border and River Cruise at Kasane, Botswana

After spending a night at Victoria Falls, we woke up bright and early at 6:30am to cross the border over to Botswana. We crossed at the Kazungula post, which is an interesting point as it’s the place where four countries (Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia) borders each other.

Our taxi driver, which is the same guy who drove us from the airport, dropped us off at the gate and told us that from this point on we had to go by foot and will be met by our tour guide once we reach Botswana side. Yes, we literally walked to cross the border!

Before crossing over to Botswana, we were told to walk on this liquid sanitizer on the ground which supposedly kills any bacteria / diseases that might have hitched a ride on the sole of our shoes. All cars passing by also had to go through this liquid. Only in Africa…

This is where things gets scary for me. As an Indonesian citizen, I needed a visa to enter Botswana. I’m a pretty seasoned traveller so of course I made previous arrangements to this taken care of, which was already quite an ordeal since there was no Botswana embassy in Singapore (but thankfully we found other ways). Except at the immigration border, I was told that it wasn’t actually a visa. I got a permission to get a visa, which means I still needed to actually get my visa at another port of entry.

After a few minutes of deliberation, we decided it would be best for me to separate from the group and get my visa, since we don’t want everyone to miss the river cruise. Our tour guide called up another guy, who drove me to the port of entry (I think it’s the one that borders Botswana and Namibia) and stayed with me while I process the visa. Not gonna lie, I was pretty scared of being essentially alone in a country I had never even heard of until we started planning this trip!

But the guy I was with was really nice, we ended up making conversations and he taught me some words in his language while the lady at the visa counter took her sweet, sweet time processing my visa. In the end, I was held back by over an hour before I finally got my visa and was driven back to the tour office to catch a small boat to the river cruise!

I’m sure S, K and J were relieved to see me again… just look at their faces! :P

I soon caught up with all the picture taking and animal watching.

We saw a ton of hippos cooling themselves down in the river. It was really hot that day. Did you know that hippos are one of the animals you should be scared of? we were told that if a hippo decides it would chase you down, you would have very little chance to live since it runs quite fast and weighs a ton. So it’s like being hit by a car I guess?

This is the Zambia / Namibia side! I don’t remember which one, but I think we saw all four of the countries.

Elephants are so cute! We spotted this family cooling themselves down and splashing water on each other.

After the river cruise, we went back to the tour office to have lunch. Then we were off to Chobe National Park for a day of game drive.

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