21 days in Johannesburg, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

21 days in Johannesburg, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 8 nights
Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights


Johannesburg, South Africa — 8 nights

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: Kruger House Museum (in Pretoria), Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Lesedi Cultural Village (in Lanseria). Pack the 14th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, and explore the galleries of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online tour planner.

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. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Brussels in January; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Gaborone.
Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks
Side Trips
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Gaborone, Botswana — 4 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.
Spend the 23rd (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Mokolodi Nature Reserve. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of Maroon Tours & Safaris, head outdoors with Kgale Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ the King Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gaborone journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Gaborone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in January, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Ngamiland East.
Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Ngamiland East road trip planning website.

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Gaborone in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ngamiland East, with highs around 38°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.
Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 6 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 28th (Sat) 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, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls online trip builder.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and car from Ngamiland East to Victoria Falls in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in January: highs in Victoria Falls hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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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.