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Getting to Botswana

Getting to/from Botswana

There are 4 main airports to use for flights to and from a holiday in Botswana. It is most usual to get to these airports via Johannesburg, though there is also a connection to Maun from Cape Town.  These four airports are:

Maun and Kasane in Botswana, and either Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Livingstone in Zambia if you’re starting your trip in northern Botswana or at Victoria Falls.

Into Maun

International flights into Botswana are via Johannesburg in South Africa.  Overnight flights mostly arrive into Johannesburg in the early morning, allowing you to aim for the late morning flight to Maun arriving about 1pm.

Maun is also accessible from Cape Town. Direct flights operate 2 days a week from Cape Town to Maun and vice versa. Indirect flights from and to Cape Town via Johannesburg or Windhoek operate all other days.

Maun is the gateway to the Okavango and so a common start or end point for any Botswana safari. If you are taking a mobile safari, you are likely to need a night in Maun before starting your safari the following morning.  There are plenty hotels in Maun to choose from.

If you are on a fly-in safari, on arrival in Maun you will be met and taken to your light plane for a journey to your safari camp, whether it’s a short hop to the Delta, or a slightly longer flight to the desert or the Chobe region.

Into Kasane or Victoria Falls

If you are starting your trip in the north, you might be flying to Kasane near Chobe, or perhaps to Zambia’s Livingstone airport or Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, to begin your holiday with a visit to Victoria Falls.

Flights to Kasane will again be a connection from Johannesburg. Coming into either Zambia or Zimbabwe, this could also be from Johannesburg but it’s also possible to fly direct to Livingstone from Kruger (Nelspruit airport).

On arrival at both Chobe and Victoria Falls, you will be met and driven to your lodge.   If you are starting a mobile safari from here, you will almost certainly be having a night here before departing the next morning.