Sleeping in Airports

Gaborone Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Gaborone Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Very basic barn-like airport, no real way to get any sense of privacy or security while sleeping. – unknown

GBE Airport Overview

gaborone airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Gaborone Sir Seretse Khama International Airport.

What to Expect

Gaborone Airport (code: GBE) has a single terminal that has been expanded and modernized recently. The airport serves a few regional destinations. We are unable to confirm the types of eateries and shops here, so keep your expectations in check and consider bringing your own snacks. WiFi is available in the airport lounges, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

The airport closes nightly between 10:00PM and 6:00AM, so overnight stays are not permitted. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Gaborone Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Aquarian Tide Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available ($). » Check Rates
  • Travelodge – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available upon request.  » Check Rates
  • Peermont Walmont at The Grand Palm – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Gaborone Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Nthula Lounge – Location: International Departures, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Pula Lounge – Location: Airside, near Gates 1-4. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Gaborone Airport inside the lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ] At the time of this update, we did not have any information about WiFi availability elsewhere in the terminal.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 6:00AM – 10:00PM, or according to flight schedule for that day.


Gaborone airport is served by the following airlines: Air Botswana • Air Namibia • Airlink • Ethiopian Airlines • South African Express.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Various types of taxis, from private to shared to combi minivan-type taxis, are available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2019-03-09

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.