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Well-known as one of the best safari destinations on the continent of Africa, there is no better time to discover Botswana with cheap daily flights to Gaborone, the country's bustling capital city.

As a country, Botswana encapsulates all that there is to love about Africa. With its wildly dramatic landscapes ranging from the vastness of the Kalahari Desert to the fossil river valleys, golden grasses of the African plains, dense deltas and prolific forms of wild life, Botswana is an African dream brought to life.

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The Best Time to Book Cheap Flights to Botswana

The low season is from December - March and can be characterised by heavy rains which can disrupt travel, however this is generally the cheapest time to holiday in Botswana. This time of year is considered high season in the region of the Kalahari.

The shoulder season falls in April, May and November. The rains may still be prevalent, with water levels in the delta regions unpredictable, however this is still a great season during which to visit the country.

High season falls from June - August for most lodges across the north of Botswana. The weather is warm, with little rain and best for wild life viewing. This is considered low season in the Kalahari region with extremely cold temperatures at night.

International Airports in Botswana

Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, located in the capital of Botswana, Gaborone, is an important international travel hub within the country. The airport is well served with daily flights from some of Africa's largest travel ports-of-call- Johannesburg's OR Tambo International and Zimbabwe's Harare International Airport.

Located just over 15 kilometres from the centre of Gaborone, the airport is named after the first president of Botswana and has officially been in operation since 1984.

International Flying times from Botswana

Gaborone is host to Botswana's largest and busiest airport, Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. Although the airport supports only limited amounts of both domestic and international air traffic, it still offers these popular flight routes throughout Africa:

International flights:

  • Gaborone to Johannesburg: 55 minutes
  • Gaborone to Cape Town: 2 hours
  • Gaborone to Durban: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Gaborone to Windhoek: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Gaborone to Addis Ababa: 5 hours, 30 minutes
  • Gaborone to Harare: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Gaborone to Victoria Falls: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Book Cheap Flights from Botswana, with the Following Airlines

Despite its selected network of flights throughout the African continent, Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is serviced by some of Africa’s top airlines, which include:

Getting to and from the Airport and Exploring Botswana

Upon arrival in Gaborone, travellers will have the option to catch a reliable taxi or minibus to their accommodation. Sir Seretse Khama International Airport Hotel minibuses are the best choice and can be pre-arranged or booked on arrival. Taxi and minibus costs are usually well affordable.

The public transport network in Botswana is fairly limited, however public busses and combis are a cheap and reasonably reliable option for navigating the cities of Botswana.

For domestic travel, air services are frequent, but can be pricey. One of the best options to explore Botswana is by hiring your own vehicle- all you will need is a home country driver’s licence valid for longer than six months. If you plan on hiring your own vehicle, keep in mind the size of Botswana and the long distances of travel.

Top Tourist Attractions, Places of Interest in Botswana

  • Chapman's Baobab –Ntwetwe Pan
  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Moremi Game Reserve- Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park and its incredible elephant population
  • Chief’s Island – Okavango Delta
  • The Makgadigadi Pan- one of the largest in the world
  • Nxai Pans National Park and its baobab collection

Food in Botswana

Watermelons are thought to have originated in Botswana, while the country is also well known for its Marula fruit and tasty wild spinach used in many local dishes. Most lodges and hotels serve delectable international-style cuisine, while local markets are packed with fresh fruit and vegetables to experience.

Sample some of these local dishes:

  • Seswaa: Botswana's national dish – a meat stew made with onions, peppers and served with pap
  • Kalahari truffles: A desert species of mushroom
  • Morogo: Wild spinach often served as a side with most dishes
  • Mopane worms: If you’re brave enough – large grubs which are boiled, grilled or deep fried
  • Bojalwa: A local sorghum-based beer

Know your Visa Requirements Before you Book Cheap Flights to Botswana

South African passport holders may enter Botswana without a visa and travel for a period of up to 90-days, visa free. If you plan on driving a vehicle across the border into Botswana, be advised that you will need to show a letter from the owner that you have permission to drive the car into Botswana, in addition to all other registration documents. It is always advisable to check visa and paperwork requirements before you travel as these can change quite frequently.

Interesting Facts about Botswana
  • Botswana is home to the world's largest concentration of African elephants, found in Chobe National Park
  • Approximately 38% of the country’s surface is dedicated to national parks and reserves
  • The Okavango Delta is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the Kalahari Desert and the largest inland delta in the world
  • The Makgadigadi pan is one of the largest salt pan in the world, stretching over an area of 12,000 square kilometres.

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