28 days in Windhoek, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

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

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Visiting Safaris and NamibRand Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery and The Grove Mall of Namibia. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Christuskirche, stroll through Avis Dam Nature Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Parliament Gardens, and look for gifts at Wecke & Voigts.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Windhoek tour app.

Kelowna, Canada to Windhoek is an approximately 34-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Kelowna to Windhoek. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Take a break from the city and head to CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Nogatsaa and Tchinga. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Serondela Reserve and Big Sam Hubber. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve and walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chobe National Park trip site.

You can fly from Windhoek to Chobe National Park in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nxai Pan National Park.
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Baines Baobabs.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nxai Pan National Park trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Nxai Pan National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) 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). On the 16th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Palapye trip planner.

Drive from Nxai Pan National Park to Palapye in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and train. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gaborone.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maroon Tours & Safaris and Kgale Hill. Get outdoors at Gaborone Game Reserve and Mokolodi Nature Reserve. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, don't miss a visit to Matsieng's Footprints, browse the different shops at Riverwalk Mall, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gaborone online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Palapye to Gaborone in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Ngamiland East.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Unlimited Tours & Safaris and Khwai Concession. Take a break from the city and head to NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. There's more to do: look for gifts at Motsana Maun.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Ngamiland East takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Gaborone, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Ngamiland East, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Livingstone.
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Livingstone, Zambia — 4 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Visiting Victoria Falls and Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Victoria Falls and Livingstone Crocodile Park. And it doesn't end there: get outside with The Explorer Club, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mukuni Park Curio Market, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Namakau's Health Spa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Livingstone road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ngamiland East to Livingstone in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. When traveling from Ngamiland East in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Livingstone: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Lusaka.
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Lusaka, Zambia — 2 nights

Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): view the masterpieces at 37D Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilayi Elephant Nursery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Munda Wanga Environmental Park. On your second day here, stroll through Chaminuka Game Reserve.

To find photos and tourist information, use the Lusaka trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Livingstone to Lusaka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel 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
Air Conditioned State
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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