Air Botswana, Botswana’s national and only airline, provides international flights between Gaborone and Johannesburg, Gaborone and Harare, Maun and Johannesburg, Kasane and Johannesburg and Francistown and Johannesburg. Domestic flights run between Gaborone and Francistown, Maun and Kasane. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, international air travel to and from Botswana is limited to Gaborone - Johannesburg (Air Botswana or South African Airways) a few times per day. Ethiopian Airlines flies Addis Ababa to Gaborone every few weeks depending on the pandemic situation. Air charter services are also available.Light aircraft transfers have a 15 kg luggage restriction in soft, squashable bags PLUS 5 kg of hand luggage. No luggage can be larger than 72 cm wide or 29 cm high - the size of the cargo pod of a Cessna 206. Travelers arriving for safaris are advised not to bring hard suitcases as they will not fit in light aircraft cargo spaces.Most major international airlines from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, where connecting flights can be booked to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, or to Maun, Francistown or Kasane.
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Botswana is accessible by tarred road from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. Vehicles are driven on the left-hand side of the road. A valid international driver’s license, along with vehicle registration documents, are required to drive in Botswana, and drivers should always carry them as a means of identification.Most major roads in Botswana are tarred and driving conditions are generally good. The main roads to established areas are regularly graded. Four-wheel drive is required when travelling in the national parks and reserves, as well as in remote areas. Car and four-wheel drive rental services are widely available in major tourist centres, airports and hotels.
There are scheduled bus services across borders between Botswana and South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia, as well as good internal bus services linking major and minor towns and villages across the country. There is also a direct bus service from OR Tambo International Airport to and Gaborone city centre, departing and returning daily.
There are no passenger train services in Botswana. Cargo services run on a daily basis. For more information consult The Botswana Railways website at www.botswanarailways.co.bw.
Getting Around in Towns
Taxis are normally a convenient way to get around in towns and are reasonably priced. They are easily identified in designated stations or can be contacted by telephone. Taxis to Gaborone are also available from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. Always establish and agree the fare and ensure the driver has change before departing.