22 days in Zimbabwe & Botswana Itinerary

22 days in Zimbabwe & Botswana Itinerary

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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Hwange, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
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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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Harare, Zimbabwe — 3 nights

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Explore hidden gems such as Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation and Raintree Venue. There's still lots to do: stroll through Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary, stroll the grounds of National Heroes Acre, browse the exhibits of Shona Sculpture Gallery, and get advice or help at Mt Pleasant Library.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Harare trip itinerary maker app.

New York City, USA to Harare is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Harare, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Harare dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Hwange.
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Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums
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Hwange, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

Hwange is a town in Zimbabwe, located in Hwange District, in Matabeleland North Province, in northwestern Zimbabwe, close to the international borders with Botswana and Zambia. On your second day here, stroll through Painted Dog Conservation.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hwange trip planning app.

You can fly from Harare to Hwange in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Hwange sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Victoria Falls.
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Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Victoria Falls Snake Park. Spend the 29th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Victoria Falls vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hwange to Victoria Falls by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Gaborone.
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Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Gaborone, Botswana — 2 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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, then take an exotic tour of Maroon Tours & Safaris, and then browse the different shops at Riverwalk Mall. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamia Mosque, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at Botswanacraft, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Balaji Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gaborone journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Gaborone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Victoria Falls in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Gaborone, with highs around 63°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Ngamiland East.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 3 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mosu Safari Tours and Khwai Concession. Take a break from Ngamiland East with a short trip to Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve, about 58 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ngamiland East route builder.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Ngamiland East takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gaborone in June: highs in Ngamiland East hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nxai Pan National Park.
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana — 1 night

On the 7th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Baines Baobabs.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nxai Pan National Park trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Nxai Pan National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chobe Day Trips and Serondela Reserve. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chobe National Park online route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.2
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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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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