16 days in Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

16 days in Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

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16 days in Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
1
Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
2
Palapye, Botswana
— 1 night
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
4
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
5
Senanga, Zambia
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h
6
Kafue National Park, Zambia
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 30​min
7
Lusaka, Zambia
— 2 nights
8
Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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3
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) and Christ the King Cathedral. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, head outdoors with Kgale Hill, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gaborone trip itinerary app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Gaborone is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Palapye.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife
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ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone
Christ the King Cathedral ©
Christ the King Cathedral
Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church

1
night
Palapye, Botswana

Palapye ©
Palapye is a large town in Botswana, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (240 km away from Gaborone and 170 km away from Francistown). Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): try to win big at Letsatsi Casino and then explore the stunning scenery at Moremi Gorge.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Palapye online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Gaborone to Palapye takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Palapye

Fun & Games Casinos Nature
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Moremi Gorge ©
Moremi Gorge

1
day
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the views from Khwai River Bridge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Okavango Delta trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palapye to Okavango Delta takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Okavango Delta, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.
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2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center and then make a trip to Boab Prison Tree, Kasane.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Senanga.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

1
night
Senanga, Zambia

Senanga ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Zambezi River.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Senanga route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Senanga. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll travel to Kafue National Park.

Things to do in Senanga

Nature Parks
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Zambezi River ©
Zambezi River

1
day
Kafue National Park, Zambia

Kafue National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kafue National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kafue National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Senanga to Kafue National Park in 12 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Lusaka.

Things to do in Kafue National Park

Nature Parks
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Kafue National Park ©
Kafue National Park

2
nights
Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka and 37D Gallery. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Kapishya Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lusaka National Park, look for gifts at Manda Hill, and contemplate the long history of Chilenje House.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lusaka trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kafue National Park to Lusaka takes 9.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kapishya Hot Springs
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Kapishya Hot Springs ©
Kapishya Hot Springs
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka ©
Eastpark Mall ©
Eastpark Mall

2
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the galleries of Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, explore the galleries of The National Art Gallery, Livingstone, then don't miss a visit to Gorge Swing, and finally examine the collection at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Railway Museum, make a trip to Mukuni Village, and then get outside with Angle Zambia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Livingstone trip planner .

You can fly from Lusaka to Livingstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Livingstone sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
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Helicopter Tours
Gorge Swing ©
Gorge Swing
Railway Museum ©
Railway Museum

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