21 days in Zimbabwe, Johannesburg & Gaborone Itinerary

21 days in Zimbabwe, Johannesburg & Gaborone Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
Fly to Bulawayo, Taxi to Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 7 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Apartheid Museum and Regent Safaris. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Mandela House. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Pretoria (Johann van Heerden's Art Gallery, Voortrekker Monument, &more), Brits (Lion Walk Safari & Ukutula Conservation Center) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). Spend the 15th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through The Cradle of Humankind, take an in-depth tour of Nelson Mandela Foundation, Head underground at Sterkfontein Cave, and walk around The Wilds Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg journey maker tool.

London, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in July, expect Johannesburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Victoria Falls.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Tami Walker Gallery and Prime Art Gallery. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Safaris. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, stroll through The Big Tree, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Victoria Falls is somewhat warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 28°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at African Wanderer Safaris. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Matobo Hills.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Matobo National Park - The Matopos journey builder site.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Victoria Falls to Matobo National Park - The Matopos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Matobo National Park - The Matopos sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Gaborone.
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Gaborone, Botswana — 5 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.
ISKCON Gaborone and Trinity Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Mokolodi Nature Reserve and Christ the King Cathedral will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Maroon Tours & Safaris, make a trip to Matsieng's Footprints, get great views at Kgale Hill, and stroll around Somarelang Tikologo (Environment Watch Botswana).

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gaborone driving holiday planner.

Drive from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Gaborone in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matobo National Park - The Matopos in July since evenings lows in Gaborone dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

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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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