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Air Travel in Botswana

Currently there is no non-stop or direct service between North America and Botswana. The national airline, Air Botswana (BP), provides international air services into Botswana (Gaborone, Kasane, Maun and Francistown) from Harare (Zimbabwe) and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The most convenient route from the USA is via the primary connecting gateway into Botswana - Johannesburg, South Africa.

Daily air service from the U.S.A. is offered by South African Airways via Johannesburg, South Africa through its gateway airports in Washington, DC (IAD) and New York City (JFK). South African Express provides frequent daily service between Johannesburg and Gaborone, Botswana.

Delta Airlines also offers direct service into Johannesburg from Atlanta (HAR) and New York City (JFK).

Approximate Flight Times
Flight times vary depending upon U.S. gateway (New York, Atlanta, or Washington, D.C.) and final destination of Gaborone. At present, minimum elapsed travel time from U.S.A. gateway to Gaborone, including stopovers and connections, range from 21 - 24 hours, but can be longer depending upon connections.

Flying Within Botswana
Major areas of Botswana are linked by air. The main airports are Sir Seretse Khama International (GBE) and Maun International Airport (MUB).

  • Sir Seretse Khama International (GBE) is 15km (9 miles) northwest of Gaborone. To/from the airport: There are no regular bus services to and from the airport but several hotels run combis (minibuses or vans). Taxis are available to the city center (travel time is approx. 15 minutes). Facilities: Luggage storage, luggage shrink wrap, banks, bar, snack bar, restaurant, post office, duty-free shops and car hire.
  • Maun International Airport (MUB) receives direct flights from Johannesburg, Harare, Cape Town and Windhoek. This gateway airport to the Okavango Delta serves a huge tourist market. It is served by Air Botswana, Air Namibia and several charters. To/from the airport: The city centre is less than 1km (0.6 mile) walk. Taxis and shuttles are available. Facilities: Car hire and lounge with Internet and Wi-Fi.

Other airports are in Francistown, Ghanzi, Jwaneny, Kasane, Pont Drift and Selebi-Phikwe.

The national carrier, Air Botswana, operates scheduled domestic flights from Gaborone to several destinations, including Francistown, Maun, and Kasane while numerous other carriers operate services to the capital and private operators maintain links to a variety of tourist destinations. Click here to see Air Botswana's domestic flights working timetable.

The air charter industry is well developed in Botswana, offering flights to the national airport network as well as private destinations. Many visitors use charter companies based in Maun to fly to the various lodges in Botswana. These include Delta Air, Mack Air, Moremi Air Services, Northern Air, Sefofane, Wildlife Helicopters and Kalahari Air Services.



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