18 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

18 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

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18 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

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
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + 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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, buy something for everyone on your list at Walter Sisulu Square, and try to win big at Montecasino.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg online tour planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Johannesburg. When traveling from Brussels in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Emperors Palace, Alberts Farm
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Okavango Delta online visit planner .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Okavango Delta in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, Okavango Delta is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 39°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chobe National Park road trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nxai Pan National Park.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife Parks
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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 ©
On the 28th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Baines Baobabs.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nxai Pan National Park attractions planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Nxai Pan National Park. 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), stroll around Hwange National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hwange National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Nxai Pan National Park to Hwange National Park by car takes about 9 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hwange National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can 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). On the 30th (Wed), try your luck at Letsatsi Casino and then take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palapye trip planner .

You can drive from Hwange National Park to Palapye in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.

Things to do in Palapye

Fun & Games Parks Casinos
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Moremi Gorge ©
Moremi Gorge

1
night
Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe

Matobo National Park - The Matopos ©
On the 1st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Matobo Hills and then make a trip to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Matobo National Park - The Matopos trip site .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Matobo National Park - The Matopos

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place ©
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place

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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, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Victoria Falls in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. Traveling from Matobo National Park - The Matopos in October, Victoria Falls is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Zipline
Helicopter Tours

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