16 days in Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana Itinerary

16 days in Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana Itinerary

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Lusaka, Zambia
— 1 day
Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 1 night


Lusaka, Zambia — 1 day

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.
On the 14th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Chaminuka Game Reserve.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lusaka trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Lusaka is an approximately 156-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Lusaka is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Livingstone.
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Livingstone, Zambia — 2 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
On the 15th (Tue), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum, then examine the collection at Railway Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Livingstone road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lusaka to Livingstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Victoria Falls.
Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 4 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 18th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop, meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls trip itinerary builder website.

Victoria Falls is just a stone's throw from Livingstone. When traveling from Livingstone in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Victoria Falls: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ngamiland East.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 3 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step out of Ngamiland East with an excursion to Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve--about 58 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring at Okavango River.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ngamiland East online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and flight from Victoria Falls to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Ngamiland East sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 2 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
On the 24th (Thu), stroll through Savute Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chobe National Park tour itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Harare.
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Harare, Zimbabwe — 1 night

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Haka Game Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Simpli Simbi, then stroll through Mukuvisi Woodlands, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild Is Life.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Harare online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chobe National Park to Harare takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
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Zambia travel guide

Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
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.

Zimbabwe travel guide

Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

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.