Flights to Francistown Francistown is the second largest city in Botswana, and located at the eastern edge of the country near the border with Zimbabwe. Many of the attractions are outside the city and include a number of wildlife parks. The city was founded during a gold rush in the area and many old mines are around the countryside. Francistown is a fairly modern city with many hotels and places to shop so tourists should have no problem finding services while visiting.
The Francistown Airport (airport code: FRW) is a small one that in the main only handles domestic air traffic, Travelling from Johannesburg you’re in luck though as there are non-stop flights to Francistown from Johannesburg with Air Botswana. If their schedule doesn’t suit you, you will have to fly to Gabarone and catch a flight to Francistown with Air Botswana from there. The airport in Gabarone is the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (code: GBE), and you can fly there non-stop with South African Airways. Kenya Airways also flies to Gabarone with one stop in Nairobi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Francistown:
Tachila Nature Reserve
The Tachila Nature Reserve is a very small park, but being only 5 kilometres from the city most visitors to Francistown take time to visit this new reserve. Species such as elephants, giraffe, zebra and leopards are found here. A little farther away to the north-east is the Matobo National Park which would provide another opportunity to see many of the same animals in a more established park.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Not so nearby to Francistown is the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and it will take several hours to get there by car. However it can’t be ignored as an attraction given its huge size. It’s the second largest game reserve in the world, and made up mostly of sand and savannah grasslands. For wildlife, you can find leopards, cheetahs, lions, several species of antelope, wildebeest and giraffes.
Supa Ngwao Museum
The displays of the Supa Ngwao Museum highlight the history of Francistown as well as the rest of Botswana, with an emphasis on the Kalanga people of the area. You can see basketry, pottery, wood carvings and many historical photographs. The attached gift shop also sells many other hand-made items as souvenirs. Ask at the front desk about their regular walking tours of the city if you want to see more of Francistown with a guide.
A little ways south of Francistown is the Moremi Gorge, near the small town of Palapye. Located in the forested Tswapong Hills, there are cliffs, waterfalls and pools along the gorge for viewing. There aren’t a lot of animals in the area but the scenery is great. It is a very nice alternative to the grasslands found in the other parks to the north of the city. While you are in Palapye, you can also see some old church ruins.
When Should You Visit?:
It is hot in Francistown throughout the year and most months are at least 30C (86F). It cools off a little bit in the winter so you could visit then for more comfortable weather. June and July are around 23C (73F). These are also the driest months though no point of the year is every really rainy.