19 days in Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

19 days in Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Palapye, Botswana
— 1 night
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 4 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Khwai Concession and Safari Specialists. Step out of Ngamiland East to go to Moremi Game Reserve and see Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Ngamiland East online travel planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Ngamiland East is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Ngamiland East, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, you will find days in Ngamiland East are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Gaborone.
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Gaborone, Botswana — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at ISKCON Gaborone and Maroon Tours & Safaris. Spend the 20th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Mokolodi Nature Reserve. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Botswanacraft, and explore and take pictures at Matsieng's Footprints.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gaborone trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Ngamiland East to Gaborone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ngamiland East in August, expect nights in Gaborone to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are cooler, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Palapye.
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Palapye, Botswana — 1 night

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). Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Palapye trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Gaborone to Palapye takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nxai Pan National Park.
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Nxai Pan National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Palapye to Nxai Pan National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nogatsaa and Tchinga and CARACAL Biodiversity Center. Step out of Chobe National Park with an excursion to Khwai River Bridge in Okavango Delta--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Serondela Reserve.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Livingstone.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Gorge Swing. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum, and head outdoors with The Explorer Club.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Livingstone attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Livingstone with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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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
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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.
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