26 days in Botswana Itinerary

26 days in Botswana Itinerary

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Gaborone
— 6 nights
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Serowe
— 2 nights
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Francistown
— 1 night
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Nata
— 1 night
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
— 2 nights
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Nxai Pan National Park
— 1 night
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Chobe National Park
— 5 nights
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Shakawe
— 2 nights
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Ngamiland East
— 5 nights
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Gaborone

— 6 nights
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Pack the 19th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lion Park Resort. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ the King Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, and pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gaborone online trip builder.

Cape Town, South Africa to Gaborone is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gaborone, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Serowe.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:

Serowe

— 2 nights
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Khama III Memorial Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Moremi Gorge.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Serowe planning site.

You can drive from Gaborone to Serowe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Francistown.

Things to do in Serowe

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Francistown

— 1 night

Capital of the North

Follow the trail of the 19th-century gold rush to the "Capital of the North," the regional commercial center of Francistown.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): try to win big at Marang Casino and then relax in the rural setting at Kuminda Farm.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Francistown road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Serowe to Francistown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nata.

Things to do in Francistown

Casinos · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
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Nata

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nata Bird Sanctuary.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nata trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Francistown to Nata takes 3 hours. Traveling from Francistown in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Nata. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Nata

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Kubu Island.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip maker.

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

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

Nxai Pan National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nxai Pan National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Nxai Pan National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Nxai Pan National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
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Chobe National Park

— 5 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Take a break from Chobe National Park with a short trip to Khwai River Bridge in Okavango Delta, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Steenbok Safari.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Shakawe.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

Shakawe

— 2 nights
Shakawe is a village located in the northwest corner of Botswana at the beginning of the Okavango Delta, close to Namibia and Angola. On the 3rd (Wed), explore and take pictures at Tsodilo Hills.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Shakawe online day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Shakawe with the Route module. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Shakawe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Ngamiland East

— 5 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ngamiland East: Moremi Game Reserve (Moremi Wildlife Reserve & Khwai Concession). Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring at Okavango River. Spend the 7th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mosu Safari Tours and look for gifts at Motsana Maun.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Ngamiland East online road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shakawe to Ngamiland East. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:

Botswana travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.