31 days in Botswana Itinerary

31 days in Botswana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Botswana trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Drive
1
Tshabong
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Gaborone
— 8 nights
Drive
3
Serowe
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Francistown
— 1 night
Drive
5
Nata
— 1 night
Drive
6
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Nxai Pan National Park
— 1 night
Drive
8
Chobe National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Shakawe
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Ngamiland East
— 6 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
1
2
3
4
5
6

Tshabong

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire nature's extreme beauty at Kalahari Desert.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tshabong online journey maker.

Cape Town, South Africa to Tshabong is an approximately 13-hour car ride. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Gaborone.

Things to do in Tshabong

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your trip

Gaborone

— 8 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.
Pack the 6th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lion Park Resort. There's lots more to do: stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Botswanacraft, examine the collection at National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gaborone trip planner.

You can drive from Tshabong to Gaborone in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Serowe.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 10:

Serowe

— 2 nights
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Moremi Gorge. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Khama III Memorial Museum and then stroll through Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Serowe trip builder website.

You can drive from Gaborone to Serowe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Francistown.

Things to do in Serowe

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): try your luck at Marang Casino and then relax in the rural setting at Kuminda Farm.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Francistown trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Serowe to Francistown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. In February, daily temperatures in Francistown can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nata.

Things to do in Francistown

Fun & Games · Casinos
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Nata

— 1 night
On the 14th (Sun), stroll through Nata Bird Sanctuary.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nata road trip website.

Drive from Francistown to Nata in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Francistown in February since evenings lows in Nata dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Nata

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Kubu Island.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nata to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Nxai Pan National Park.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

Nxai Pan National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nxai Pan National Park online route planner.

Explore your travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Nxai Pan National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Nxai Pan National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

Chobe National Park

— 5 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Step out of Chobe National Park with an excursion to Khwai River Bridge in Okavango Delta--about 1h 50 min away. There's more to do: stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Steenbok Safari.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chobe National Park online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shakawe.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:

Shakawe

— 2 nights
Shakawe is a village located in the northwest corner of Botswana at the beginning of the Okavango Delta, close to Namibia and Angola. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Tsodilo Hills.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shakawe day trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Shakawe. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Shakawe

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:

Ngamiland East

— 6 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Get out of town with these interesting Ngamiland East side-trips: Moremi Game Reserve (Moremi Wildlife Reserve & Khwai Concession). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring at Okavango River. Spend the 27th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of Mosu Safari Tours, explore the activities along Lake Ngami, and stop by Motsana Maun.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ngamiland East day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shakawe to Ngamiland East. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 2:

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.