22 days in Johannesburg & Botswana Itinerary

22 days in Johannesburg & Botswana Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 1 night
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Nata, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Serowe, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and SAB World of Beer. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Playground, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary tool.

Frankfurt, Germany to Johannesburg is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Gaborone.
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Gaborone, Botswana — 1 night

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take an exotic tour of Maroon Tours & Safaris.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gaborone vacation planning website.

Getting from Johannesburg to Gaborone by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Gaborone. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): head off the coast to Kubu Island.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park takes 3.5 hours. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Ngamiland East.
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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.
To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Ngamiland East. In May, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 3 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Serondela Reserve and Livingstone Trails. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Savute Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nxai Pan National Park.
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nxai Pan National Park road trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Nxai Pan National Park. You will leave for Nata on the 19th (Thu).
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Nata, Botswana — 4 nights

Nata is known for parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nata Bird Sanctuary.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nata online journey maker.

You can drive from Nxai Pan National Park to Nata in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Serowe.
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Serowe, Botswana — 2 nights

Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. On the 24th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Khama III Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Serowe journey planning site.

You can drive from Nata to Serowe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Johannesburg on the 25th (Wed).
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 1 night

City of Light

On the 26th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square and then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg tour planner.

You can drive from Serowe to Johannesburg in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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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