Botswana is a perfect spot for the nature lover. There are several national parks to visit and each offer a true sense of the area.
Botswana is a land-locked country within Southern Africa. Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia border it. While under British rule, it was known as Bechuanaland but was renamed when it gained independence in 1966. The capital is Gaborone. The country’s main economy is based on mining and tourism.
Botswana is known for it’s national parks and makes a great side trip if you’re already traveling through South Africa. Here’s a list of some of Botswana’s famous National Parks:
The Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is in Gaborone and services most of the flights into Botswana, which come from mainly Johannesburg, South Africa. There are no other international flights besides those from South Africa and Zimbabwe. There is an airport in Maun, which is a city that offers a lot to its tourists, but it is over 1000km to Gaborone. Find cheap flights to Botswana here.
Find the best prices for hotels in Botswana, and other cheap hotels here. There is a wide availability for lodging in the cities and you may find game lodges tucked away in the wilderness.
Arriving by car is possible and there are several entry points into Botswana from the following areas:
The primary roads are well paved and in good condition.
There is regular bus service from Johannesburg to Gaborone but this trip will take a good six hours without delays. There is service from Windhoek, Namibia via the Caprivi Strip, which will drop you at the Chobe National Park. There is also service available from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Getting around Botswana can be a breeze with a combination of buses, combies (shared taxis), trains, and hitchhiking. Hitchhiking is common, but poses all its usual dangers, especially the erratic driving of a complete stranger.
Bus travel is very common so it is suggested to arrive early at the bus station to insure a spot on the bus. It is also common that standing for long periods is the norm, and bringing water is vital as there is no air conditioning on the bus systems.
Botswana is a beautiful country and can be enjoyed if you are prepared for the hot weather and the local culture.