Getting To Botswana
Quite simply put the easiest and fastest way to get into Botswana is a connecting flight from Johannesburg International Airport (O.R Tambo), although there are also connecting flights from Cape Town and Windhoek (Namibia) available. As of yet, there are no leading international carriers that fly directly into Maun (Most Botswana safari options will start from here) from outside of Africa.
Once in Botswana getting to your lodge or destination is as easy as jumping on an air shuttle service or a road-going safari vehicle, this is where the choice is really up to you based on your wants, needs and budget.
Fly or be driven, with each one of these options comes a cost, private air charters being the most expensive while the most viable option would be a guided road transfer. It is also worth noting that some of the more remote camps and lodges are only accessible via aircraft or boat.
Arriving in Botswana by Air
There are few international flights that do arrive in Gaborone (these are expensive options, and you still have to connect to Maun) but by far and away the most popular are air links from either Johannesburg or Cape Town directly into Maun. We book these air links and include them in the cost of the safari itinerary.
Arriving in Botswana by Road
Not keen on flying or on a budget! There are numerous drive-in options that you participate in and why not. Scheduled tours and guided transfers are available from Johannesburg, Windhoek and Victoria Falls. We highly recommend that one does not drive at night.
Botswana Air Shuttles
Botswana Air Shuttle services from lodge to lodge are a very popular way of getting to and from most if not all the Botswana lodges that we offer on Uyaphi.com. The price of these air shuttles will be included as part and parcel of your safari package when booking with us. Flying offers that something a little different.
Water-Based Transfers between lodge and lodge or region and region mainly occur within the Okavango Delta's permanent water areas. Motorboats and/ or makoro transfers are quite often the only way to get to these remote areas as there are certainly no roads of any type.
The amount of luggage that one can take with on an Air Shuttle and/ or safari vehicle is limited to +- 20kg per person (including your hand luggage and camera equipment) dues to space constraints and all types of vehicles, we will advise of these amounts when booking your safari. This does not apply to commercial flights.
Maun International Airport is the main hub for all flights entering Botswana as a safari destination; the airport is located within the town itself. All safari departures into the Moremi and Okavango Delta leave from this airport.
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is located just 10 kilometres north of Gaborone, offering daily one hour flights from Johannesburg and three weekly two hour flights from Harare. This is the least used of all Botswana airports when it comes to tourism.
Kasane International Airport is located around 4 kilometres south of the town of Kasane and lies just a few kilometres away from the Chobe National Park. Flying safari itineraries from the Okavango Delta ending in either Chobe or Victoria Falls will make use of this airport.