How to Travel in Botswana

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Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during seasonal floods. The massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its fossilized river valleys and undulating grasslands, is home to numerous animals including giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, and wild dogs.

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Most visitors to Botswana will have a stopover in South Africa to pick up a direct flight from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Botswana’s main airport is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE), located 11km/7miles north of Gaborone, the capital.

For travelers, it is more common to fly into Maun Airport (MUB) and Kasane Airport (BBK). When combining a safari in Botswana with a visit to Victoria Falls, it is common to fly into Maun and depart from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe or Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI; formerly Livingstone Airport) in Zambia.

In most cases your tour operator will collect you from the airport and arrange all further transportation.

Flights & Airlines to Botswana

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Botswana and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Airlines & Flights in Botswana

Most domestic flights are operated by Air Botswana. Small charter flights are frequently used to travel between parks or to get to remote areas, such as the camps in the Okavango Delta. Charter flights are usually booked through your tour operator.

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Entry requirements can change, so please contact your local Botswana embassy to verify the information below is current.

  • A passport is required for all foreign visitors and has to be valid for at least six months.
  • Citizens from most nationalities do not require a visa and will get a 30-day entry permit on arrival.
  • All foreign visitors will need to carry a return ticket.
  • Children (under 18 years of age) must have a certified copy of their full, unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport to enter Botswana. If a child is traveling with only one parent, or no parents, the child must have an affidavit from the missing parent(s), which gives their consent for the child to travel.

How do you get around Botswana?

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How to get around in Botswana, from 4WD safaris to canoe tours

  1. A mobile safari will get you up close to wild nature.
  2. Self-driving can be a great way to explore.
  3. Let the plane take the strain.
  4. Get a different view of wildlife from the water.
  5. Saddle up for a low-carbon horseback safari.

Is Botswana cheap for tourists?

Botswana is one of the most expensive destinations to visit in Africa, but it’s on every safari-goer’s bucket list for a reason: its vast swathes of untamed wilderness, fence-free national parks, and wealth of wildlife.

Do I need a visa to travel to Botswana?

U.S. citizens are permitted to stay up to 90 days total within a 12-month period without a visa. The total stay permitted for each visit is recorded on the entry stamp by Botswana immigration officials and may be less than 90 days.

Can I travel to Botswana without a passport?

All visitors to Botswana must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least 6 months, with the exception of those with outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds for the duration of their stay.

Is there an Uber in Botswana?

Uber: Botswana does not have uber, but they do have Hello Cab, a rideshare app that operates similarly to Uber. Hello, Cab runs throughout Gaborone, Botswana’s capital.

Is it safe to self-drive in Botswana?

Is it Safe? In terms of crime, yes, driving through Botswana is safe. Botswana is one of the safest countries in Africa. Still, the occasional theft or carjacking can occur, but it is rare.

How expensive is it to travel to Botswana?

Prices for a Botswana fly-in safari start at around US$500 per person per night in the low season in mid-range lodgings but go up to about US$1500 per person per night in luxury accommodation in the high season.