Botswana Travel Guide

Wildlife is one of Botswana’s greatest attractions and both tourists and locals alike flock to the Chobe River and Okavango Delta region to see the Big 5.

Travellers visiting Botswana are advised to travel with an equipped 4×4 hire option, seeing as one sometimes travels on rough terrain. Another alternative is meeting up with a tour group operator.

Botswana Travel Guide: Driving a 4×4 in Botswana.    Photo: Taylor 90 on Flickr

Botswana Travel Guide: Road conditions in Botswana

When travelling deeper into Africa, roads become less accessible. If you are travelling with a sedan rental car it is advisable to stay on national roads, seeing as most of them are tar roads. Like roads in Namibia, national roads in Botswana are fairly good, but when visiting national parks, game reserves and travelling on the gravel roads an equipped 4×4 vehicle is a must.

Be aware of pot holes, elephants, antelope and farm animals when driving in Botswana.

Airports in Botswana mostly have limited car rental fleets available and it is advised to book your travel option well in advance, to ensure you have the right vehicle when travelling through Botswana.

Botswana Travel Guide: Approaching Moremi crossing. Photo: Georg.Schmidt on Flickr

Botswana Travel Guide: Most important airports

  • Francistown Airport
  • Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone
  • Ghanzi Airport
  • Gumare Airport
  • Hukuntsi Airport
  • Jwaneng Airport
  • Kasane Airport
  • Maun Airport
  • Orapa Airport
  • Selebi-Phikwe Airport
  • Shakawe Airport
  • Sua Pan Airport

You also might want to consult our South Africa distance chart for more travel information on other destinations within South Africa.

Botswana Travel Guide: Male lion. Photo: Amhuxham of Flickr

Botswana Travel Guide: Top tourist attractions in Botswana

  • Chobe National Park and Chobe River
  • Okavango Delta
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Savuti National Park
  • The Makgadikgadi and Nxai PAN National Park
  • The Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Nata Bird Sanctuary
  • Kazangula Crocodile Farm

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