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How to get there & Getting around …
HOW TO GET THERE
Of the ten districts within Botswana, Nagamiland and Chobe Districts (northern part) are the hubs of the tourism industry. The principal draw cards to Ngamiland are the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.
Scheduled Flights: Frequent flights link Maun and Kasane – the gateways to the National Parks and wilderness areas to ensure easy access.
Air Botswana offers daily flights from Johannesburg to Maun and regular flights into Kasane and the Tuli area.
Air Namibia operates 3 flights a week between Windhoek and Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
A number of private charter companies provide light aircraft internal flights throughout the country. Light aircraft used out of Maun and Kasane are mostly the Cessna 206, 210 and Grand Caravan.
Although Botswana has a good system of roads from neighbouring South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the distances involved result in most visitors preferring to fly.
TOURIST AIRPORTS IN BOTSWANA:
|| Okavango Delta
|| Johannesburg / Kasane / Victoria Falls / Windhoek
|| Chobe - north
|| Johannesburg / Maun
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For travellers, Maun is a crossroads and a gateway; visitors fly through the airport on
their way south to Gaborone or Francistown, and safari buffs use it as a base for the parklands of the Okavango Delta. For the locals, it is a cow town, a place where area Tawana, Baei and Herero cattlemen bring their steers for sale and slaughter at the abattoir of the Botswana Meat Commission.
Location, location, and location: That's what gives Kasane its cache. Though small in
population (Kasane has several thousand residents), its status as the gateway to the
Chobe National Park, its placement near the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi
Rivers, and its situation in northern Botswana near the borders of three other
nations -- Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe -- makes it a major crossroads for
A trip to Botswana can either be planned as a unique tour which is tailored to your specific requirements in terms of budget, lodges and destinations, or the traveller can select from a variety of ready-to-go tours, ranging from participatory camping safaris which traverse the wildlife reserves in 4 x 4 vehicles, to luxury fly-in safaris which include premier lodges and camps. These air hops are done between all the Okavango, Moremi and Chobe camps, in single or twin engine light aircraft.
Trains and Coaches: We do not recommend train and coach transport for travel within Botswana
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Shuttle/Charter Flights are the only way of reaching the various premier lodges and camps in the Chobe, Moremi, the Central Kalahari and Delta areas. Scheduled light aircraft flights depart from Maun and Kasane and handle all inter-camp transfers.
Our consultants can tailor a tour to your needs and interests or select a safari which meets your criteria in terms of budget and expectations.
The Cessna 206 is ideally suited to use in this region; this is primarily because of its ability to negotiate the bush airstrips and also the added benefit of an under belly cargo pod and fixed wing for viewing below.
The Cessna 206 and 210 can seat 5 people and the pilot.
The Cessna 208 can seat 12 people and the pilot.
Maximum baggage allowance is 12 kilograms per person (excluding photographic equipment). Only soft travel bags are allowed on the charter aircraft
Scenic Flights over the Okavango Delta can be arranged as an extra in either a fixed wing Cessna or Bell Jet Ranger helicopter.
A helicopter is ideal especially for enthusiastic photographers; the doors can be taken off in order to accommodate even the biggest of camera lenses
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A diverse selection of guided safaris is available; we offer a range of guided safaris from classic African style and comfort on mobile safaris, personalised camping and lodge-accommodated tours.
For young and budget travellers, there are companies which specialize in overland expeditions in large overland vehicles, camping mostly in government administered camp grounds on the fringes of the Delta. Travellers usually contribute to a food kitty and everyone helps with the daily chores.
We only recommend self-drive options in Botswana to more experienced 'old Africa hands'; it’s not advised as a first trip to Africa.
Botswana is not an easy destination to drive your self around. All major towns are accessible by 2-wheel drive cars, although travelling at night outside of large towns can be dangerous due to the long, tedious stretches of road, poor lighting and domestic animals that are allowed to wander onto the roads.
Travel into Moremi, Chobe and the Central Kalahari can only be undertaken by 4-wheel drive vehicle. The roads in the parks and reserves are not tarred – “roads” are simply ruts in the sand made by previous vehicles. They split from one another without warning, making navigation tricky. There are few signposts and no bystanders to ask.
Self-drive clients have access to most of the Moremi, Savuti and Chobe lodges.
When planning a trip, remember to make allowances for sandy or muddy roads, a distance of 150kms can be a full day's travelling.
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- Foreign or international driving licence is required and seat-belts must be worn.
- Driving is on the left hand side.
- No vehicle will be allowed into Botswana without vehicle registration papers, if you are planning to hire a vehicle outside of Botswana, make sure you have the correct documentation from the hire company.
- Petrol and diesel are freely available but often far apart.
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Gift to us from god strong hand,
Heritage our fathers left to us,
May it always be at peace.
Awake, awake! O men, awake!
And woman close behind them stand!
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This land, this happy land.
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