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 15​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:  11​h 45​min
6
Kafue National Park, Zambia
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 30​min
7
Lusaka, Zambia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) and ISKCON Gaborone. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Kgale Hill, get a sense of history and politics at National Assembly Building, and explore the fascinating landscape at Khutse Game Reserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gaborone online day trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Gaborone is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Gaborone to be much hotter, around 44°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 44°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Palapye.

Things to do in Gaborone

Wildlife Nature Parks
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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 25th (Wed): try your luck at Letsatsi Casino and then take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Palapye trip builder site .

You can drive from Gaborone to Palapye in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the views from Khwai River Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Okavango Delta online trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Palapye to Okavango Delta in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Okavango Delta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
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2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Serondela Reserve and then stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center and then make a trip to Boab Prison Tree, Kasane.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) 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 ©
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Zambezi River.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Senanga online vacation planner .

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Senanga with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 30th (Mon), 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 31st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kafue National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kafue National Park road trip app .

You can drive from Senanga to Kafue National Park in 12 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka and Manda Hill. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Kapishya Hot Springs, hunt for treasures at Pakati Sunday Market, view the masterpieces at 37D Gallery, and stroll through Parays Game Ranch.

Discover how to plan a Lusaka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kafue National Park to Lusaka takes 9.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Wildlife Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the galleries of Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at The National Art Gallery, Livingstone, then don't miss a visit to Gorge Swing, and finally see the interesting displays at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Railway Museum, make a trip to Mukuni Village, and then head outdoors with Angle Zambia.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Livingstone day trip planner .

Getting from Lusaka to Livingstone by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can 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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