18 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

18 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe & Johannesburg Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Johannesburg
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Drive
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Palapye, Botswana
— 1 day
Drive
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Taxi to Bulawayo, Fly to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and admire the majestic nature at Alberts Farm.

Plan my trip to Johannesburg with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Brussels, Belgium to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Johannesburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Brussels, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Okavango Delta.
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Fun & Games · Casinos · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Okavango Delta road trip planner.

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in September; daily highs in Okavango Delta reach 39°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.
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Wildlife · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): stroll through Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chobe National Park trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nxai Pan National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana — 1 night

On the 26th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Baines Baobabs.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nxai Pan National Park travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Nxai Pan National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Hwange National Park.
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe — 1 night

On the 27th (Tue), walk around Hwange National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hwange National Park trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nxai Pan National Park to Hwange National Park by car takes about 9 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hwange National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Palapye.
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Parks · Nature
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Palapye, Botswana — 1 day

Palapye is a large town in Botswana, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (240 km away from Gaborone and 170 km away from Francistown). Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge.

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Drive from Hwange National Park to Palapye in 8.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Matobo Hills and then make a trip to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Matobo National Park - The Matopos travel planner.

Traveling by car from Palapye to Matobo National Park - The Matopos takes 4.5 hours. September in Matobo National Park - The Matopos sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip builder app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Victoria Falls in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
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Botswana travel guide

3.7
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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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
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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