17 days in Botswana Itinerary

17 days in Botswana Itinerary

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17 days in Botswana Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
1
Tshabong
— 1 day
bus:  7​h
2
Gaborone
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Ngamiland East
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Chobe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Serowe
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Rome

1
day
Tshabong

Tshabong ©
On the 10th (Sat), explore the fascinating landscape at Kalahari Desert.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tshabong trip website .

Rome, Italy to Tshabong is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Gaborone.

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Kalahari Desert ©
Kalahari Desert

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Khwai Concession. Pack the 15th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lion Park Resort. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Botswanacraft, pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues, and head outdoors with Kgale Hill.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gaborone tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Tshabong to Gaborone takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Gaborone can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Khwai Concession
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone
Spas

3
nights
Ngamiland East

Ngamiland East ©
Go for a jaunt from Ngamiland East to Moremi Game Reserve to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 16th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Okavango Delta. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring at Okavango River.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East visit planner .

Fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Gaborone, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Ngamiland East, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll through Savute Reserve. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Chobe National Park online trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

2
nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Kubu Island.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Serowe.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Kubu Island ©
Kubu Island

1
night
Serowe

Serowe ©
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Khama Rhino Sanctuary and then take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Serowe online journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Serowe with the Route module. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Serowe

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

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