11 days in Victoria Falls, Botswana & Johannesburg Itinerary

11 days in Victoria Falls, Botswana & Johannesburg Itinerary

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights


Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 2 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.
Spend the 17th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip maker.

Mandalay, Myanmar to Victoria Falls is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Mandalay to Victoria Falls, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ngamiland East.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 2 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ngamiland East trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and flight from Victoria Falls to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Ngamiland East, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.
Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 22nd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Walter Sisulu Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Melrose Temple, and try to win big at Emperors Palace.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Ngamiland East to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in May: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 26°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Botswana travel guide

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.