How to get to Okavango Delta
Travelling to the Okavango Delta in Botswana
You will always start your Okavango Delta trip in Maun, the ‘tourist capital’ of Botswana and a relatively small (55.000 people) Kalahari town. To get there you fly via Johannesburg, Cape Town or Kasane. Once in Maun, the adventure begins as you hop on a small plane that transports you to your first accommodation. Look down during the flight and gaze at reeds beds, wildlife, palm tree islands and 10,000 square miles of waterways. Welcome to the Okavango Delta!
International air travel
A couple flight possibilities are available for those travelling by air to the Okavango. Your port of entry is Maun International Airport (MUB). Maun has multiple daily connections with Johannesburg (Airlink and Air Botswana) and Cape Town (Airlink). More information about flights to and from Maun can be viewed on our Maun Okavango Delta Airport page.
Domestic air travel
It is also possible to travel domestically from Gabarone (GBE) to Maun (daily). Flights from Kanane (BBK) to Maun and return are offered twice a week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and are ideal for travellers visiting the Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park areas. More information about flights to and from Maun International can be viewed on our Maun Okavango Delta Airport page.
From Maun to your Okavango Delta accommodation
When arrived in Maun your Okavango Delta safari adventure really is about to begin. From here it is another 15 to 45 minutes short flight to your Okavango lodge or camp. Almost all onward connections to the Delta are operated by Mack Air. Once arrived at the airstrip, your choosen lodge will pick you and transfer you to your final destination where a cold drink will be ready and waiting.
Rates Mack Air shuttle flights Okavango Delta
Rates may vary depending on your destination in Moremi. As a general guideline the price for a seat in plane ticket is between US$ 220 and US$ 260 per person per way.
Shuttle flights to Okavango Delta lodges
The flights from Maun to your Okavango Delta lodge are operated as a shuttle service. As such these flights should not be considered as scheduled flights. Departure times and routings may vary depending on traveller requirements and local weather conditions. Flight times are subject to change without notice. Passengers travelling on a seat in plane basis may have up to two stops enroute to their destination.
Shuttle flights to the Okavango Deltaare operated by means of small aircraft (e.g. Cessna Grand Caravan or Beechcraft 1900). As such, space for luggage on the aircraft is limited and the following allowance applies: you may carry 20 kgs (44lbs) per person in a soft duffel-type bag, this includes hand luggage and camera equipment. When you are carrying excess baggage Mack Air offers complementary baggage storage at Maun Airport (unless notified in advance). These limitations are strictly adhered to.
Visa information Botswana - travelling with children
Since South Africa introduced its stringent new child regulations on 01 June 2015 Botswana has followed suit by introducing similar regulations in respect of minors entering and exiting the country.
Unfortunately there is no official Botswana Government document outlining exactly what the regulations and requirements are. The key difference between South Africa and Botswana is South Africa requires an unabridged birth certificate whilst Botswana will accept either original birth certificate or a certified copy:
- A single parent travelling with a child/children, without being accompanied by the other parent, must be able to prove they are the biological parent of the child by means of a birth certificate (original or a certified copy). There is no requirement for a consent to travel from the other parent.
- If the parent has remarried and the name shown on the child's birth certificate does not correspond with the name shown on the parent's passport the parent must carry an original copy or certified copy of their marriage certificate.
- Visitors entering Botswana from South Africa will be in possession of what we believe to be all the necessary documentation.
- Visitors to Botswana from Zimbabwe or Zambia (who have not come from or are not continuing to South Africa), should preferably carry original documentation i.e birth certificate and/or marriage certificate but if this is not possible they must carry certified copies.