Cheap flights from Botswana

Officially the Republic of Botswana, Botswana is a landlocked country located in southern Africa. It was formerly called the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, before adopting its new name upon being independent within the Commonwealth of Nations. Since then, it has maintained a strong tradition and stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections. Physically, Botswana is made up of flat lands. It is at least 70% desert, with the Kalahari dominating most of its land area. It is landlocked by Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the north-east. It is a sparsely populated nation with only over 2 million inhabitants, and a fast-growing economy since 2013. Botswana is a member of the African union, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the United Nations.

What to see & do

Like most African countries, Botswana is proud of its prominence in nurturing and protecting a rich wildlife system. About a fifth of the total land area in Botswana is composed of wildlife sanctuaries and parks, where travellers may find species of land, water, and air animals. Visitors may take safari trips too, and even stay outside and camp for a few quids. Among Botswana's most popular destinations are the Okavango Delta, the Brahman of arid Kalahari. Okavango Delta provides life for thousands of animals that are attracted to its refreshing waters; the Chobe National Park, with its large population of elephants, zebras, and lions; the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which attracts a large number and variety of birds all-year round; and the game parks of Nxai Pan, Mokolodi, and Gemsbok.

Apart from the wildlife, Botswana also has its “Setswana,” which mainly describes its rich cultural traditions. It is like the Hollywood of the film industry; a rich and rather interesting mix of cultural practices spanning history, people, languages, cuisine, religion, and art that the country is rather proud of. Visual art here is centred on the Wayeyi and Hambukushu women in the villages of Etsha and Gumare, and the Thamaga Pottery and Oodi Weavers, while music is a constant and is mainly made by numerous ethnic groups. On the culinary side of things, Botswana is unique in the sense that it shares characteristics with Southern Africa while infusing the local flavour on it. Examples of Setswana food here include pap, samp, vetkoek, and mopane worms. Unique delicacies to try include seswaa, a heavily salted mashed up meat.

Additionally, Botswana's cities are also marvellous things to explore. Each city almost always has a unique character, and one is of another kind than the other – even if they belong to one and the same nation. The cities of Gaborone (capital), and Maun, the yin-and-yang Okovango and Kalahari, and the UNESCO World heritage-listed Tsodilo Hills are all interesting.

How to get around within Botswana

Going around Botswana would be a rather easy experience if you have a trusty online map, or a decent and updated traditional map. Only a handful of locals know the streets and addresses here by name, and it is very likely to have directions in terms of landmarks only. Botswana's roads, especially in the capital Gaborone, are well marked – but the fact that the locals do not have any idea what the roads are called would probably cause a little hassle. Sans that, it is pretty easy to look for transport modes. Cars are for rent almost everywhere and roads are newly paved. Bus services are provided by multiple companies, and travellers may head out from Gaborone to almost any big cities in Botswana. Trains were previously available too, although the services were pulled out effective April of 2009 due to customer dissatisfaction and outdated facilities.

How to get there

Botswana has a handful of airports, but the main one would be the Sir Seretse Kham Airport in Gaborone. The airport here mainly serves flights from South Africa's Johannesburg, together with flights from Cape Town, Harare, and Nairobi. Domestic services are very much available here, although international long-haul flights are currently not offered. Airlines that travel to the airport include Ethiopian, Air Botswana, South African Express, TAAG Angola, and many others. The airport is located 15 kilometres north of the capital, with a modern terminal to boast of.

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