29 days in Botswana Itinerary

29 days in Botswana Itinerary

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Gaborone
— 9 nights
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Tshabong
— 2 nights
Drive
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Serowe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Francistown
— 1 night
Drive
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Nata
— 1 night
Drive
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nxai Pan National Park
— 1 night
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Chobe National Park
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East
— 5 nights
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Gaborone

— 9 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maroon Tours & Safaris and Christ the King Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, shop like a local with Botswanacraft, head outdoors with Kgale Hill, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gaborone travel app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Gaborone is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Africa Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Gaborone: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tshabong.

Things to do in Gaborone

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 6 — 15:

Tshabong

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Tue), admire nature's extreme beauty at Kalahari Desert.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tshabong trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Gaborone to Tshabong takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel to Serowe.

Things to do in Tshabong

Nature · Parks
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Serowe

— 2 nights
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. On the 18th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Khama III Memorial Museum and then stroll through Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Serowe driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tshabong to Serowe takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Francistown.

Things to do in Serowe

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

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.
On the 20th (Sat), try to win big at Marang Casino and then experience rural life at Kuminda Farm.

Plan my trip to Francistown with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Serowe to Francistown in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. In May, daily temperatures in Francistown can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nata.

Things to do in Francistown

Casinos · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:
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Nata

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nata Bird Sanctuary.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Nata tour planning app.

Drive from Francistown to Nata in 3 hours. Traveling from Francistown in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Nata. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Nata

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Kubu Island.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nata to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Nxai Pan National Park.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Nxai Pan National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Baines Baobabs.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nxai Pan National Park tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Nxai Pan National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Nxai Pan National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:
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Chobe National Park

— 4 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Explore hidden gems such as Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Livingstone Trails. There's more to do: stroll through Savute Reserve and get outside with Steenbok Safari.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chobe National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:

Ngamiland East

— 5 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gifts of The Kalahari Safaris and Motsana Maun. Get out of town with these interesting Ngamiland East side-trips: Moremi Game Reserve (Moremi Wildlife Reserve & Khwai Concession). Spend the 30th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring at Okavango River.

Make your Ngamiland East itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. May in Ngamiland East sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 2:

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.