9 days in Zambia, Johannesburg & Okavango Delta Itinerary

9 days in Zambia, Johannesburg & Okavango Delta Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Lusaka, Zambia
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Livingstone, Zambia
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Apartheid Museum and Johannesburg Zoo will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (in Pretoria) and Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park (in Hartbeespoort). There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, look for gifts at Amatuli Artefacts, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and engage your brain at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg travel itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Johannesburg is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Johannesburg, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Okavango Delta trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Okavango Delta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Okavango Delta: highs are around 39°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lusaka.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Lusaka, Zambia

— 1 night
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Chaminuka Game Reserve and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lusaka road trip planner.

You can fly from Okavango Delta to Lusaka in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Livingstone.

Things to do in Lusaka

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Livingstone, Zambia

— 1 night
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the galleries of Livingstone Museum, admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Livingstone trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lusaka to Livingstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Nature · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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Zambia travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
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Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.