18 days in Botswana Itinerary

18 days in Botswana Itinerary

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18 days in Botswana Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3​h
1
Gaborone
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Ngamiland East
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Shakawe
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Chobe National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Nxai Pan National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Nata
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Serowe
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Gaborone

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.
Visit ISKCON Gaborone and Christ the King Cathedral for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) and Trinity Church. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum, get outside with Kgale Hill, make a trip to National Assembly Building, and buy something for everyone on your list at Riverwalk Mall.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Gaborone trip planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Gaborone is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 44°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Khwai Concession
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone
Christ the King Cathedral ©
Christ the King Cathedral
Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church

3
nights
Ngamiland East

Ngamiland East ©
Get outdoors at Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Okavango River. Spend the 21st (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ngamiland East travel planner.

Fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gaborone in December, expect nights in Ngamiland East to be much colder, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Shakawe.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

1
night
Shakawe

Shakawe
Shakawe is a village located in the northwest corner of Botswana at the beginning of the Okavango Delta, close to Namibia and Angola. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tsodilo Hills.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Shakawe trip itinerary maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Shakawe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Shakawe

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

3
nights
Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park ©
Explore hidden gems such as Serondela Reserve and Seboba Nature and Recreational Park. Get outdoors at Nogatsaa and Tchinga and CARACAL Biodiversity Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Chobe National Park itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shakawe to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Nxai Pan National Park.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve
Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve

1
night
Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Baines Baobabs.

Plan a trip to Nxai Pan National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Nxai Pan National Park with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Nxai Pan National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Baines Baobabs ©
Baines Baobabs

2
nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Kubu Island.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nxai Pan National Park to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Nata.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Kubu Island ©
Kubu Island

1
night
Nata

Nata
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nata Bird Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nata trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Nata. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Serowe.

Things to do in Nata

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Nata Bird Sanctuary
Nata Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
Serowe

Serowe ©
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll through Khama Rhino Sanctuary and then take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Khama III Memorial Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Serowe trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Nata to Serowe takes 5 hours. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Serowe

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Moremi Gorge
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Moremi Gorge ©
Moremi Gorge
Khama Rhino Sanctuary ©
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Khama III Memorial Museum ©
Khama III Memorial Museum

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