Botswana transport information and guide

Although sparsely populated, Botswana has successfully managed to link all its major cities and towns through the completely paved all weather Trans-Kalahari highway. The Trans-Kalahari highway connects all major inner cities in Botswana and the country at large to South Africa and its rich Gauteng province. Even though there is no direct transportation link to Namibia, the highway connects Botswana to Namibia through South Africa.

Botswana has got 888 kilometres of rail which serves various towns and connects the country to her neighbours. Botswana has rail links with Zimbabwe, South Africa and a proposed rail line to connect Botswana to Zambia and DR Congo was proposed. Most of the country’s highways are paved and as a result, the unpaved highways in the country total up to 4.500 kilometres.

There are private transport companies which provide services throughout the country. These companies include: JNG, Mahube, Motlogelwa and Seabelo Express. The major routes operated by these companies are: Francistown, Serowe, Maun, Lobatse, Palapye and other significant towns in the country.

Botswana is one of the countable African countries with fully air conditioned rail transportation services complete with cozy accommodation, dining, toilet and running water facilities. These are offered by Botswana Railways which has got an over night operational train.

Car rental services offered by private firms in Botswana are readily available to provide vehicles most suitable for Botswana’s terrain. However, to obtain their services, the candidate(s) should possess a valid international license. Potential drivers in Botswana should note that while driving within the country, they should always keep on the left hand side of the road. A speed limit of 120kph on highways and 60kph in villages and while driving through the town is mandatory and seat belts should always be strapped.

Domestic flights to main cities in Botswana are provided for by the national airline Air Botswana and so are international flights which are timely scheduled by different airlines to various destinations from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone.