29 days in Zambia & Botswana Itinerary

29 days in Zambia & Botswana Itinerary

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Lusaka, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Mpika, Zambia
— 1 night
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
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Palapye, Botswana
— 1 night
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 5 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 5 nights
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
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Lusaka, Zambia — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lilayi Elephant Nursery and 37D Gallery. When in Lusaka, make a side trip to see Munda Wanga Environmental Park in Chilanga, approximately Chilanga away. Spend the 26th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka, browse the different shops at Arcades Shopping Mall, get your bearings at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Crafts Market.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lusaka online trip builder.

New York City, USA to Lusaka is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Mpika.
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Mpika, Zambia — 1 night

On the 27th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of South Luangwa National Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mpika trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Lusaka to Mpika takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Livingstone.
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Livingstone, Zambia — 5 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gorge Swing and Mukuni Village. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Namakau's Health Spa.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Livingstone trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mpika to Livingstone by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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 2nd (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Palapye itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Livingstone to Palapye in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Maroon Tours & Safaris and Botswanacraft. Spend the 5th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Mokolodi Nature Reserve. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues, get great views at Kgale Hill, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ the King Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gaborone trip builder site.

You can drive from Palapye to Gaborone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Ngamiland East.
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 5 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Unlimited Tours & Safaris and Khwai Concession. When in Ngamiland East, make a side trip to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve, approximately Moremi Game Reserve away. Spend the 10th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring at Okavango River. There's more to do: stop by Motsana Maun.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ngamiland East route planning tool.

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Gaborone, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Ngamiland East, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Nxai Pan National Park.
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nxai Pan National Park day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Nxai Pan National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 5 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chobe Day Trips and Khwai River Bridge. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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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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