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About Botswana

Botswana is a pilgrimage destination for those wanting to feel the trembling soul of the African wilderness and witness one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles on earth. Botswana is one of the great safari destinations in Africa and home to over 2.3 million people. Popular attractions include the Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey through one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world with cheap flights to Botswana. Gaborone is home to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE), which is 15-minute drive from the centre of the city. Sir Seretse Khama International Airport serves several airlines, including Air Botswana, South African Airways and Air Namibia. Popular non-stop flights to Gaborone depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Gaborone is approximately 55 minutes.

Why visit Botswana

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Untamed Landscapes

Wild beauty stretches across the winding waterways of the Okavango Delta, an oasis sunken into the arid Kalahari Desert, and the quivering golden expanses of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

botswana camping safaris

Camping Safaris

Whether you pitch your tent beneath ancient baobab trees, opt for a rustic lodge overlooking the Delta, or indulge in a luxury tented camp beside the Chobe River, Botswana offers some of the best camping safaris in Africa.

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Wildlife Experiences

Botswana is a utopia for wildlife experiences. Watch buffalo battle lions at Duba Plains, herds of elephants bathe in the muddy Chobe River, or leopards prowling through Moremi Game Reserve.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Botswana Pula
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.79 BWP
Language Setswana / Sekalanga / English
Hub Airport Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE)
Airline Air Botswana
Time Zone GMT+2
Travel Adaptor Type D, G & M

Best time to visit Botswana

Botswana experiences a semi-arid climate, with two distinct seasons: wet and dry. The wet season spans the summer months (November to March) but tends to be erratic and short lived. January and February experience the most rainfall. The dry season (winter) lasts from May to August. Temperatures can soar to 44 degrees Celsius in summer and sink below freezing during winter nights. The best time to visit Botswana is between May and September. The weather is seductive during these months and the receding water offers excellent conditions for game viewing. December to March is high season in the Kalahari as zebra and birds migrate across the Makgadikgadi Pans. Notable events include: Maitisong Festival, Kuru Dance Festival and the Toyota 1000 Desert Race. For cheap flights to Botswana, the best time to visit is from November to March.

Weather & Climate in Botswana (Gaborone)

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 19°C 17°C 16°C 13°C 9°C 5°C 4°C 7°C 11°C 15°C 17°C 18°C
High °C 32°C 32°C 31°C 27°C 25°C 22°C 23°C 26°C 29°C 30°C 32°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 79 73 82 23 13 5 3 3 11 23 40 48

Botswana is a landlocked country in the heart of Southern Africa. It is one of the great safari destinations in Africa and home to some of the most unique landscapes in the world.

Sunken into the blistering sand of the Kalahari Desert is the Okavango Delta, an oasis of lagoons and glittering waterways surrounded by palm, papyrus and reed forests. The delta quivers with wildlife. Glide through the delta in a mokoro and you will witness elephants, buffalo and hippo basking in the glittering waters.

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park will delight bird watchers as the immense stretch blushes pink with flamingos, while the Chobe National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park never fail to amaze with their awe-inspiring landscapes and abundance of wild inhabitants.

River boat cruises, hot air balloon rides and elephant safaris are all unforgettable ways to experience this beautiful country. Other classic Botswana experiences include encounters with the indigenous San tribes and meanders through the ancient baobabs in Nxai Pan National Park.

When the days are done, spend your nights beneath the stars in a safari camp.

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South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Botswana. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least 6 months and two empty pages for entry stamps.

The South African High Commission is situated in Gaborone.

Address: Plot 29, Queens Road, Gaborone.

Phone: (+267) 3904 800 / (+267) 3904 801

Botswana is considered a relatively safe country. However, it is recommended that you use common sense and remain vigilant as you would in any other unfamiliar country. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.

Avoid flashy displays of wealth and carrying large sums of cash and valuables, as pick-pocketing does happen. Avoid travelling alone at night and through isolated areas (especially women). Avoid driving out of the city at night as roaming wildlife and wandering livestock do pose a hazard. Only use reputable taxi services and agree on a fare before beginning the journey.

Malaria and other insect borne diseases are a risk in Botswana, so the necessary precautions should be taken to avoid bites and infection. Immunisation against yellow fever, hepatitis A & B, typhoid and rabies is recommended. Routine vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, meningitis, varicella, polio and influenza. Stick to bottled water in rural towns.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Gaborone
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 70.35
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 24.30
Cappuccino (regular) R 23.20 R 22.79 R 26.15
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 15.35
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 40.00 R 38.50 R 51.16
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