Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, in Southern Africa is a landlocked country bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Predominantly flat in terms of geography, 70 percent of the country is dominated by the Kalahari Desert. Its capital and largest city is Gaborone. The official tourism group of Botswana is the Botswana Tourism Organization. The most visited city is the capital Gaborone, having vast options of activities for visitors.
What to see & do
Botswana is known for its wildlife, with high concentration of game located in the Chobe National Park, Moremi National Park in the Okavango Delta, and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, among others. The Victoria Falls can also be found in Chobe National Park. Another notable game reserve is the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, a unique corner of Africa that combines nature and culture with breath-taking wildlife and scenery, and captivating history. Go rhino tracking with ranges in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a good stop between Gaborone and Maun. To learn more about the history and culture of Botswana, visit its museums: Botswana National Museum in Gaborone, Kgosi Bathoen II Museum in Kanye, Kgosi Sechele I Museum in Molepolole, Khama III Memorial Museum in Serowe, Nhabe Museum in Maun, Phuthadikobo Museum in Mochudi, and Supa Ngwano Museum Centre in Francistown.
The capital city Gaborone is also the most visited city in Botswana. In here, tourists have a variety of sites and activities to choose from, all of which are fun and exciting in their own way. The Lion Park Resort is Botswana’s first permanent amusement park. There is also the Gaborone Yacht Club and the Kalahari Fishing Club that are both based in the city. The best hotels in Gaborone are the Lonrho Lansmore Masa Square (a 5-star hotel) and the Gaborone Sun, a luxury hotel with a casino. Natural attractions in Gaborone include the Gaborone Dam and the Mokolodi Nature Reserve.
How to get around within Botswana
Travellers in Botswana can drive around with ease as the roads in the country are paved and well maintained. Drivers just need to keep an eye out for cows, donkeys, and goats that roam the roads. Public transportation in Botswana is served by buses and trains. One of biggest bus companies in the country is Seabalo, which travels to any of the big cities in Botswana from Gaborone.
How to get there
The main airport serving Botswana is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone. Most flights arriving in the country are from Johannesburg. Airlines that operate at the airport are Air Botswana (Cape Town, Francistown, Harare, Johannesburg, Kasane, Lusaka, Maun, Nairobi, Victoria Falls), Airlink (Johannesburg-OR Tambo), Kenya Airways (Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta), South African Express (Johannesburg-OR Tambo), and TAAG Angola Airlines (Luanda). There is aslo rail link that connects Francistown to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. By road, entry points to Botswana include the south at Gaborone from Johannesburg, the west from Namibia, the north from Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and the east at Francistown from Harare. There is also a regular bus service from Johannesburg to Gaborone, as well as from Windhoek to Chobe National Park.