Flights to Botswana - The Diamond Country
Botswana in Africa is home to the largest number of African Elephants in the world. With 38% of the total land dedicated to national parks, reserves, etc., the country is one of the best places to explore wildlife at its best. Sharing the world’s shortest international border with Zambia, Botswana in the northwestern area has two trijunctions (meeting point of three countries). As a matter of fact, this point is the only one in the world where cellular signals from four different countries can be picked. Botswana is the biggest diamond producing country and houses the world’s richest mine, Jwaneng Diamond Mine.
Best time to visit Botswana
June to October is the best time to visit Botswana, as it is the perfect time for wildlife viewing. During this time, the weather remains dry and wildlife is concentrated near the water sources. However, the country is a year-round destination for bird viewing.
How to reach Botswana
Several connecting flights to Botswana, provided by international airlines, fly between the major cities of India and Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone. The airlines include Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, British Airways, Air India, etc. The most convenient way to reach Gaborone city center from the airport is to avail the airport taxi service.
Hotels in Botswana
Gaborone and Francistown offer several luxurious hotels, including 5-star hotels, starting from INR 7,000. Maun and Tsabong have various safari lodges and camps for the adventurist lot. If you want to save a few thousands on the accommodation, you can opt for the midscale and budget accommodation options in Botswana.
Attractions in Botswana
The world’s largest inland delta, in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana, is the best place to discover unusual lifeforms in the rugged desert ecosystem. With a hot and harsh climate, the Makgadikgadi Pan is one of the largest salt pans in the world. Its ability to transform into a turquoise lake during the rainy season attracts tourists from across the world. Home to the largest number of African Elephants, Chobe National Park sees a great number of tourists each year from across the world. The safaris in this national park are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Nxai Pan National Park, Tuli Block, and Mokolodi Nature Reserve are other biodiversity reserves in the country.
Botswana National Reserve Library, National Museum and Art Gallery, Three Dikgosi Monument, Debswana House (home to the diamond industry of Botswana), etc. are the local attractions in Gaborone. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tsodilo Hills is a brilliant concept of an outdoor art gallery, showcasing ancient San Bushman rock paintings, numbering to more than 4,000. Francistown, Kanye, Maun, and Selebi-Phikwe, are other major cities and towns in the country.
Must-buys in Botswana
The most popular buys from Botswana are handicrafts. Be it jewelry made from ostrich eggshell, hand-woven baskets, or carvings, make for great souvenirs from your Botswana vacation.
What to eat in Botswana
Seswaa (a traditional meat dish) is a must-try when in Botswana. Accompany your barbecue dishes with Pap (a type of porridge) and Morogo (side served with Pap). The staples here are Ditloo (beans), and Vetkoek (dough bread).
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Botswana?
From India, Ethiopian Airlines offer the cheapest airfares.
•What is the time difference between India and Botswana?
India is 3 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Botswana.
•What is the average time taken to reach Gaborone from major Indian cities?
Delhi to Gaborone – 15 hours 45 minutes
Kolkata to Gaborone – 33 hours 15 minutes
Chennai to Gaborone – 26 hours and 35 minutes
Bangalore to Gaborone – 20 hours and 15 minutes
•Which are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Botswana?
Major layover airports for connecting flights to Botswana from Delhi are Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, London, and Addis Ababa.
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