Botswana Flights:

Flights to Botswana image of BotswanaBotswana is the country immediately north of South Africa and also shares a border with Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Botswana is a popular tourist destination with visitors from around the world and is also famous for its diamond mines.

The main international airport in Botswana is in the capital city, Gaborone, and there are direct flights here from South Africa with South African Airways and Air Botswana. The flight time is about an hour from Johannesburg, so it’s nice and close! Flights from Cape Town are also available, though with the additional distance the flights are obviously longer and unfortunately involve a stop in Johannesburg.

The other option is to fly to a town about 1000km north of Gaborone, called Maun. Maun is one of the major tourist spots in Botswana so if you’re heading here for a vacation rather than for business, this may be a better option. Again from Cape Town you would have one stop flying via Johannesburg or via Windhoek on Air Namibia, also from Johannesburg you can choose the Air Namibia flight via Windhoek or a direct flight with Air Botswana.

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The Tourist Attractions of Botswana:

Gaborone may be the capital and largest city of Botswana, but in terms of tourism there really isn’t a lot to do here. If you’re in the capital city for business purposes there are a few attractions if you have an afternoon or a day free, but otherwise, as a tourist you would probably choose to go somewhere else!

Botswana is famous for its wildlife, and even near Gaborone you can experience this. The Gaborone Game Reserve for example, is an opportunity to see zebras, wart hogs, wild boars, monkeys and many birds and the benefit is that if you have a car you’re free to drive around the reserve un-guided.

Another option is Mokolodi, which has a broader range of wildlife including giraffes, elephants, hippos and more, and you can even pet a cheetah here!

Still only classified as a village, Maun has grown into one of Botswana’s main tourist areas as it’s the gateway to the country’s major national parks and attractions. But Maun itself also has a game reserve so if you’re here for a day before heading out on your safari, visit the Maun Game Reserve which is conveniently situated within walking distance of the town.

Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is one of Botswana’s most popular attractions. This is primarily an inland waterway so you can explore by boat. Many people choose to stay in the area before going on safari in the Moremi Game Reserve. Whatever you do, the wildlife, bird life and plant life are said to be spectacular here.

Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park in north west Botswana has the greatest concentration of elephants out of any national park in Africa in addition to an abundance of other ‘big’ wildlife – buffalo, leopard, lion and antelope. The park is close to the border with Zambia and Zimbabwe and so is a good place from which to travel to Victoria Falls, about 60km away.

When Should You Visit?:

Botswana has a sub tropical climate with hot summers, when the average temperature is around 26C, throughout the country, though it does suffer from dusty winds during the dry season – April to October in the south, and to November in the north. During the winter months, particularly May to August, Botswana experiences cold winds, dropping the temperature to only around 14C on average.

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