18 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

18 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Johannesburg
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Drive
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Palapye, Botswana
— 1 day
Drive
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Taxi to Bulawayo, Fly to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 4 nights

City of Light

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 fly to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:

Okavango Delta, Botswana

— 2 nights
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 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or 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

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 2 nights
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

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana

— 1 night
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

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

— 1 night
On the 29th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of 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 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

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

Palapye, Botswana

— 1 day
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): take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Palapye road trip app.

Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Palapye takes 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.

Things to do in Palapye

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe

— 1 night
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

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 4 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Victoria Falls takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Matobo National Park - The Matopos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Victoria Falls, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Botswana travel guide

3.7
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.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.