17 days in Zimbabwe & Botswana Itinerary

17 days in Zimbabwe & Botswana Itinerary

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17 days in Zimbabwe & Botswana Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
night
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park ©
On the 21st (Sat), stroll around Hwange National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hwange National Park travel route planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hwange National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hwange National Park, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Parks Nature
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Hwange National Park ©
Hwange National Park

2
nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Step out of the city life by going to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Baines Baobabs. Take a break from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with a short trip to Planet Baobab in Gweta, about 1h 15 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 24th (Tue) at Kubu Island.

Discover how to plan a Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Hwange National Park to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Baines Baobabs, Planet Baobab
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Baines Baobabs ©
Baines Baobabs
Kubu Island ©
Kubu Island

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center, stroll through Savute Reserve, and then walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Linyanti River.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

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

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Okavango River and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Khwai Concession.

Start your trip to Okavango Delta by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Okavango Delta. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Ngamiland East
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mokolodi Nature Reserve and Khutse Game Reserve. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace), look for gifts at Botswanacraft, stroll through Gaborone Game Reserve, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ the King Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gaborone online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Okavango Delta to Gaborone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Okavango Delta in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gaborone, with highs around 44°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 44°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Gaborone Game Reserve ©
Gaborone Game Reserve
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone

5
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Get in touch with nature at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Safaris. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls online journey planner .

Getting from Gaborone to Victoria Falls by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Gaborone, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Victoria Falls, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. On the 5th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Zipline

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