Botswana is located in Southern Africa. It is a landlocked country and is bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The options for travelling to this part of the world include those listed below;
Travel to Botswana by Plane
Sir Seretse Khama Airport is located 15 km outside of Gaborone and this is the main airport for the country. At the moment, the only international airports connected to Sir Seretse Khama Airport by air are in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. This means that anyone who wants to travel by air directly to Gaborone will need to travel to one of these other places first and get a flight from there. The vast majority of international flights arriving at Sir Seretse Khama Airport come from Johannesburg in South Africa.
Maun Airport is located in Northern Botswana, and this is where most tourists will fly into the country. It is located about three miles outside of the city of Maun. All of the international flights arriving here are come from either South Africa or Zimbabwe. There are also domestic flights arriving here as well. Some of the airlines that use Maun Airport are:
- Air Botswana
- Air Namibia
Travel to Botswana by Train
There was a train service between Botswana and South Africa, but this has been suspended with no signs of it starting up again. There is a rail link between Francistown and Zimbabwe.
Travel to Botswana by Road
Most people arriving in Botswana will come by road. There are a number of options for this including:
- Tourists coming from Namibia will cross into the country via Mamuno-Buitepos. This route is covered by the Trans-Kalahari highway. The border opens between 08:00 and 18:00. People moving across this border should keep in mind that there is a one hour time difference between the two countries.
- There is only a short border between Botswana and Zambia - probably the shortest border in the world. It is only possible to cross at one point at the middle of the river connecting the countries. In order to travel from Zambia to Botswana, visitors will need to use a ferry.
- There are a number of border crossings between Botswana and South Africa including Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, and the Pioneer Crossing. Some of the smaller border crossings are only open at certain times of the year, and the roads can be so bad that they are not suitable for tourists.