Flights to Botswana land at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone, Kasane Airport (BBK) in Kasane, or Maun Airport (MUB) in Maun. Stretching across desert, deltas, and salt pans, Botswana is a place where nature puts on its greatest performance. From the salty expanses of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and wild woodlands of Chobe National Park to the great tributaries of the Okavango Delta, Botswana is where all the beauty and wonder of nature converge to dazzle nature lovers and delight adventure seekers. South Africans do not need a visa for Botswana. Travellers from other countries might need a Visitor Visa.
Attractions in Botswana
Botswana is a dreamscape for lovers of nature and wide open spaces. Although the country is large, the northern parts of the country is where all the magic unfolds. Chobe National Park teems with animals and spans four different ecosystems. The park is home to around 120,000 elephants and giant herds of giraffe, wildebeest, and buffalo. If you prefer beautiful landscapes, Nxai Pan National Park is an unreal tapestry of sand dunes, luminous salt pans, and enormous baobab trees. For the daring travellers, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is not easy to get to, but worth the effort. Stretching for 38,000 square kilometres, the park is home to the most iconic animals in Africa, including the famed Big 5. Mokolodi Game Reserve, Moremi Game Reserve, and Khama Rhino Sanctuary also offer amazing animal encounters. And when the sun goes down, turn your gaze towards the heavens to witness billions of stars exploding across the night sky.
Shopping in Botswana
If you are looking for shopping malls in Botswana, Gaborone is where you will find them. Game City Shopping Mall and Riverwalk Mall are the two main shopping centres in Botswana. Both have a wide selection of restaurants, fast food outlets, retail stores, banks, and cinemas. For a more niche shopping experience, Botswanacraft is the place to be if you are interested in traditional Botswana crafts and want to try the local cuisine. If you like art, the Kuru Art Project in Ghanzi will introduce you to the unique artwork of the San. There are also a number of fantastic curio shops in Francistown, Maun, Kasane, and Ghanzi.
Transportation in Botswana
If you want to explore the country at your own pace, the best way to get around Botswana is by car. A number of well-known rental agencies have offices in Gaborone and Francistown. Several car rental agencies are also located in Maun and Kasane. For short trips around the cities, taxis are a relatively inexpensive option. A to B Cab Company and Dial-a-Cab are the most notable taxi services in Botswana. There are also several bus companies that offer regular, long distance trips between the major towns in Botswana.
Accommodations in Botswana
Safari camps and bush lodges are definitely the best accommodation experience you can have in Botswana. Tented safari camps and bush lodges range from luxurious to basic, but all offer unparalleled views and a chance to fall asleep to the wild sounds of Africa. A stay in one of these is an experience you will never forget. Hotels, guest houses, self catering apartments, and river cottages are also aplenty in Botswana. There are no frills self catering apartments and backpackers for travellers wanting something plain, simple, and cheap. Or you can take it up a level with a comfortable guest house or cottage on the edge of the Chobe River. Or splash out on a stay in a 5-star resort and spa with all the luxuries you need for an indulgent holiday.
Flights to Botswana
Direct flights to Botswana depart from the two major cities: Cape Town and Johannesburg. Connecting flights to Botswana depart from most cities in South Africa. The main airlines flying to Botswana are Air Botswana, Airlink, and SA Express. International flights to Botswana are available on most international carriers, from most countries around the world. International flights usually stop in Johannesburg.
Our expert preferred spot in Botswana
A mokoro safari is the only way to see the Okavango Delta. Gliding through the floodplains and channels of the famous delta in the trunk of a tree, you will encounter elephants and feel get lost in the serene movement of the water and musical call of nature. This is a unique experience that should be at the top of your list of things to do in Botswana. Once you’ve seen it from the waterways, witness the wonder of Botswana from the sky. A helicopter ride over the delta and great plains of Botswana is a view unlike anything you have ever seen before. You will see the wild landscapes come alive spectacularly as elephants tramp across the land, lions stalk prey, and zebra dash across the savannah.