16 days in Zimbabwe, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

16 days in Zimbabwe, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

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Fly to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, Drive to Wedza
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Wedza, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Fly
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Hwange, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive to Victoria Falls International Airport, Fly to Gaborone
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 1 night
Fly
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Amsterdam

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Wedza, Zimbabwe — 1 night

Wedza is a district in the province of Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe. On the 17th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wedza trip itinerary maker app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Wedza is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Wedza is 1 hour. In January, Wedza is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hwange.
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Parks · Wildlife
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Hwange, Zimbabwe — 3 nights

Hwange is a town in Zimbabwe, located in Hwange District, in Matabeleland North Province, in northwestern Zimbabwe, close to the international borders with Botswana and Zambia. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Zambezi River. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Painted Dog Conservation.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hwange travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Wedza to Hwange in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Wedza in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hwange, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gaborone.
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Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Gaborone, Botswana — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Matsieng's Footprints, get great views at Kgale Hill, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Maroon Tours & Safaris. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Balaji Temple.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gaborone trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hwange to Gaborone. Traveling from Hwange in January, expect nights in Gaborone to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ngamiland East.
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Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), look for gifts at Motsana Maun and then take a memorable tour with Mosu Safari Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Ngami.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ngamiland East day trip site.

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Gaborone in January, you will find days in Ngamiland East are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are little chillier (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.
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Nature · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Chobe Day Trips.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park planning site.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lusaka.
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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.
On the 27th (Fri), view the masterpieces at 37D Gallery, then stroll through Lilayi Elephant Nursery, and then stop by Manda Hill.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lusaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chobe National Park to Lusaka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Livingstone.
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Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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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 28th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Mukuni Village, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, then admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Namakau's Health Spa.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Livingstone tour app.

You can fly from Lusaka to Livingstone in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Livingstone are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Victoria Falls.
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Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
Side Trip
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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.
On the 30th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Tami Walker Gallery, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Big Tree, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Siduli Hide.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls planner.

Victoria Falls is very close to Livingstone. Traveling from Livingstone in January, expect nights in Victoria Falls to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.2
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.
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Botswana travel guide

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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.
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Zambia travel guide

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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.
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