​Getting There – Makgadikgadi Pans NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Botswana & Namibia guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Botswana & Namibia Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the Botswana & Namibia Lonely Planet guide.

Travel Alert

Travel restrictions and additional entry requirements may apply for Botswana due to the coronavirus pandemic and if so, can change from day-to-day. Please visit our coronavirus page to stay informed about the latest developments.

Travel Alert

Most visitors on safari will enter Botswana through either Maun Airport (MUB) or Kasane Airport (BBK).

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is located 162km/100mi east of Maun. The park can be reached on a self-drive safari, an organized mobile safari or a fly-in safari.

The easiest way to get to the park is to fly by chartered plane to the airstrip at one of the lodges on the western boundary of the park. All lodges are quite far from the actual pans, but there are some campsites for mobile safaris closer to the pans.

It is also possible to fly into Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe and begin the journey from there. The distance from Victoria Falls is 550km/340mi.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Botswana, and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Charter flights between parks, and from Maun or Kasane, are normally booked for you by the tour operator as part of the safari package. There are no scheduled flights to Makgadikgadi Pans.

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Botswana page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.

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