Getting To and Around Gaborone

by / Tuesday, 15 August 2017 / Published in Travel

Gaborone is a sprawling city of about 250,000 people in the south east of Botswana. The capital city was planned after independence in the 1960s and has been one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. It is serviced by the country’s largest airport and is the starting point for most international tourists to Botswana. Here are our tips for getting to and around Gaborone.

Sir Seretse Khama International Airport

Getting to Gaborone

By Air

Gaborone is serviced by Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, about 15km from the city centre and the gateway to most of Botswana’s game viewing destinations. The national carrier, Air Botswana, now no longer operates to Lusaka and Harare as of the end of 2016. The standard international routes are to Johannesburg and Cape Town, while domestic flights are from Francistown, Kasane and Maun. Air Botswana is generally very reliable and offers good service.

Air Botswana


By Road

Gaborone is a popular self-drive destination, with most visitors driving from Gauteng in South Africa. Considering the many ways of getting to and around Gaborone, this is one of the best. The quickest route is through Magaliesburg and Swartruggend. Most people turn north at Zeerust and enter Botswana via the Tloweng border gate. Beware of cattle on the roads on the Botswana side of the border.  There are also a number of modern bus services which operate between Johannesburg/Pretoria and Gaborone which cost anything from P270 to P350.

Getting Around Gaborone

Mini Bus

White mini buses are the most popular mode of transport in Gaborone. They are recognisable by their blue number plates and can be hailed from designated bus and taxi stops. They circulate along set routes to most of the major shopping centres.

Getting to Gaborone

Car Hire

Most major international car rental companies have offices at the airport. Visitors can choose from an extensive range of vehicles – standard sedans, 4x4s, SUVs, vans and even luxury vehicles. You’ll need your valid driver’s license, the credit or cheque card used to pay for the vehicle and your ID or passport.


Taxis, which can easily be identified by their blue number plates are surprisingly difficult to come by in Gaborone. Very few taxis drive the streets looking for riders and your best bet at finding one is on Botswana Road or near the combi stand. If you’re staying at a hotel, it’s best to arrange one from there. Shared taxis are quite common in Gaborone, where two or more passengers split the fare for the destination to save some money. From the airport, you’ll pay roughly P100 to the centre of town in a taxi.

Getting to and Around Gaborone

If you’re looking for quality for money accommodation during your time in Gaborone, consider Cresta Lodge Gaborone. You can take a look at our list of specials on our website or get in touch with us at +267 397 5375 or

Image Credits:
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport
Daily News
Botswana Tourism

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