Botswana Travel Guide

ON THE GO

Traveling by plane

There are airports in Francistown, Ghanzi, Jwaneng, Kasane, Maun, Pont Drift and Selebi-Phikwe. The national airline Air Botswana (BP) (Internet: www.airbotswana.com) connects Johannesburg in South Africa with Francistown and Kasane.
The following charter airlines fly to lodges in Botswana and offer sightseeing flights: Delta Air (Internet: www.okavango.bw/air.html), Mack Air ( Internet: www.mackair.co.bw), Moremi Air Services (Internet: www. moremiair.com), Northern Air, Sefofane (Internet: www.sefofane.com ), Wildlife Helicoptersand Kalahari Air Services (Internet: www.kalahariair.co.bw).

On the way by car / bus

The following main roads are paved:

– Ramatlabama – Lobatse – Gaborone – Francistown – Kazangula;
– Francistown to Ramaquebane (border with Zimbabwe);
– Trans-Kalahari: Lobatse – Kanye – Iwaneng – Ghansi to the border crossing Mamuno (Namibia);
– Gaborone – Molepolole – Letlakeng;
– Serule – Selebi – Phikwe;
– Palapye – Serowe;
– Francistown – Orapa – Maun

In addition to the tarred roads, there are gravel or sand roads. The construction of expressways is planned. In remote areas you should bring petrol reserves and at least 20 liters of drinking water with you. If you plan to go on a safari without a guide, you should get sufficient information beforehand.

Long-distance bus:
Buses run between Gaborone and Francistown and from Francistown to Nata and Maun. The bus from Francistown to Maun runs daily (journey time approx. 6 hours). Minibuses run daily to Johannesburg.

Taxis
can be found in all major cities of Botswana, a country located in Africa according to travelationary.

Rental carĀ 
are available in Gaborone, Francistown, Kasane or Maun. All-wheel drive is required for many regions. The tank should always be at least half full, as the distances between the individual cities are large. The maximum speed outside of built-up areas is 120 km / h, 60 km / h inside built-up areas and 40 km / h in national parks. Speeding offenses are punished with heavy fines. Attention should be paid to livestock and wild animals. The risk of accidents is high after dark. Left-hand traffic and wear seat belts.

Documents:
An international driver’s license is not absolutely necessary, but recommended. For stays of more than six months you have to get a Botswana driver’s license.

Traveling in the city

There is no public transport except shared taxis and minibuses with fixed fares. If you don’t want to share a taxi with other passengers, you have to expect higher fares. In this case, it is advisable to negotiate the fare before departure.

On the go by train

Trains connect Lobatse with Francistown via Gaborone, Pilane, Mahalapye, Palapye and Serule. The route network is being expanded. Children under 7 years of age travel for free, from 7 to 11 years of age at half price.

Botswana Travel Guide

TRAVEL WARNING

Overview Botswana

Security
advice from the Foreign Office: As of: 07.12.2016,
unchanged valid since: 30.11.2016

Country-specific safety information

Crime

Street crime in Gaborone and other cities is largely limited to pickpockets and credit card theft. Break-ins and robberies of pedestrians and drivers are occasional. No valuables or documents, in particular no externally visible bags, should be left in the car. Moving cars should also be locked, e.g. Prevent pickpocketing at red lights.

Hunting tourism

Since 01/01/2014, hunting in state reserves and traditional tribal areas has been strictly prohibited. When hunting trips, it is imperative to ensure that the respective organizer only offers hunting in the designated, fenced hunting farms.

SHOP

Overview

Popular souvenirs include wood carvings, hand-woven textiles, wickerwork and jewelry. Shop opening times: i. General Mon-Fri 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

Although there is no formal star system, most hotels are of a good standard, especially in the larger cities and tourist areas. Most hotels and motels are located in and around Gaborone, Francistown Kasane, and Maun. Equipment and comfort are different and sometimes simple, not all hotels have air conditioning. General information from The Hotel and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB), Private Bag 00423, Gaborone. (Tel: 35 71 44. Internet: www.hatab.bw).

Camping

Campsites with a capacity of up to six people are available in all national parks: camping is also allowed on the roadside. Prior permission must be obtained when camping on private property. Grass fires are to be avoided at all costs, waste should be taken or buried. There are lions in remote areas.
See the Where To Stay in Botswana brochure for information on rates and facilities. The brochure is available from the Department of Tourism (see addresses).

CLIMATE

Best travel time

In the rainy season in summer (November – March) very hot with downpours and heavy thunderstorms; in winter (May – September) dry and cooler, especially at night significant temperature drop. The annual rainfall decreases towards the west and south.