20 days in Botswana Itinerary

20 days in Botswana Itinerary

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20 days in Botswana Itinerary

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

1
night
Serowe

Serowe ©
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Serowe trip builder tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Serowe is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nata.

Things to do in Serowe

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Moremi Gorge
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Khama Rhino Sanctuary ©
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Moremi Gorge ©
Moremi Gorge

1
night
Nata

Nata
On the 3rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nata Bird Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nata trip planner .

Traveling by car from Serowe to Nata takes 5 hours. August in Nata sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Nata

Parks Wildlife
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Nata Bird Sanctuary
Nata Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Kubu Island.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nata to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Nxai Pan National Park.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Kubu Island ©
Kubu Island

1
night
Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nxai Pan National Park driving holiday planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Nxai Pan National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Nxai Pan National Park

Nature Parks
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Baines Baobabs ©
Baines Baobabs

4
nights
Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park ©
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, outdoors, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve, don't miss a visit to Boab Prison Tree, Kasane, and stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chobe National Park holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shakawe.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

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

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 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tsodilo Hills.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Shakawe journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Shakawe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Shakawe

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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3
nights
Ngamiland East

Ngamiland East ©
Step out of Ngamiland East to go to Moremi Game Reserve and see Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 12th (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring at Okavango River.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Shakawe to Ngamiland East with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

6
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.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, theme parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the history behind Three Chiefs' Statues, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gaborone visit planner.

Getting from Ngamiland East to Gaborone by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Ngamiland East in August, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Khwai Concession
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 20:
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Three Chiefs' Statues ©
Three Chiefs' Statues
Gaborone Game Reserve ©
Gaborone Game Reserve

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