18 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

18 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

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Start: Brussels, Belgium
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h
6
Palapye, Botswana
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Train:  16 h 45 min
End: Brussels, Belgium

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, browse the different shops at Walter Sisulu Square, and try to win big at Montecasino.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip maker website.

Brussels, Belgium to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Johannesburg. When traveling from Brussels in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Wildlife

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Alberts Farm, Emperors Palace
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace

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 24th (Thu), stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. On the next day, stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Okavango Delta trip planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Okavango Delta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in September; daily highs in Okavango Delta reach 39°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust
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NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): stroll through Serondela Reserve and then stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chobe National Park travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Nxai Pan National Park.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

1
night
Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana

Nxai Pan National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Baines Baobabs.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nxai Pan National Park tour builder website.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Nxai Pan National Park with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Nxai Pan National Park

Parks Nature
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Baines Baobabs ©
Baines Baobabs

1
night
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park ©
On the 29th (Tue), walk around Hwange National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hwange National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nxai Pan National Park to Hwange National Park takes 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Palapye.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Parks Nature
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Hwange National Park ©
Hwange National Park

1
day
Palapye, Botswana

Palapye ©
Palapye is a large town in Botswana, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (240 km away from Gaborone and 170 km away from Francistown). Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): try to win big at Letsatsi Casino and then explore the stunning scenery at Moremi Gorge.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Palapye day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Palapye takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.

Things to do in Palapye

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Moremi Gorge ©
Moremi Gorge

1
night
Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe

Matobo National Park - The Matopos ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Matobo Hills and then don't miss a visit to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Matobo National Park - The Matopos trip maker website.

You can drive from Palapye to Matobo National Park - The Matopos in 4.5 hours. September in Matobo National Park - The Matopos sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Matobo National Park - The Matopos

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:
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Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place ©
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place

4
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Victoria Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Matobo National Park - The Matopos in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Victoria Falls, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©
Zipline
Helicopter Tours

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