16 days in Zambia, Hwange National Park & Chobe National Park Itinerary

16 days in Zambia, Hwange National Park & Chobe National Park Itinerary

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Lusaka, Zambia
— 3 nights
Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
Lusaka, Zambia
— 1 night


Lusaka, Zambia — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 28th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. The adventure continues: get outside with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka, see the interesting displays at Zambia National Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Lusaka Collective.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lusaka trip planner.

If you are flying in from Zambia, the closest major aiport is Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Livingstone.
Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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Livingstone, Zambia — 5 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing, examine the collection at Railway Museum, and get a dose of the wild on The Explorer Club.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Livingstone trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lusaka to Livingstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Livingstone, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hwange National Park.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

On the 3rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Painted Dog Conservation and then stroll around Hwange National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hwange National Park route planner.

You can drive from Livingstone to Hwange National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Livingstone in June, expect nights in Hwange National Park to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Side Trip
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 4 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. It doesn't end there: stroll through Savute Reserve and surround yourself with nature on Chobe Day Trips.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chobe National Park trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Hwange National Park to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lusaka.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Lusaka, Zambia — 1 night

On the 9th (Thu), browse the different shops at Arcades Shopping Mall and then look for gifts at Manda Hill.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lusaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chobe National Park to Lusaka takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Zambia travel guide

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.