31 days in Botswana Itinerary

31 days in Botswana Itinerary

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Gaborone
— 9 nights
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Serowe
— 2 nights
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Francistown
— 1 night
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Nata
— 1 night
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
— 2 nights
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Nxai Pan National Park
— 1 night
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Chobe National Park
— 6 nights
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Shakawe
— 2 nights
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Ngamiland East
— 5 nights
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Gaborone — 9 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.
Spend the 3rd (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Mokolodi Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues, get great views at Kgale Hill, admire the engineering at Gaborone Dam, and stop by Botswanacraft.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gaborone travel website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Gaborone is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Gaborone is 1 hour. When traveling from Amsterdam in August, plan for cooler days in Gaborone, with highs around 9°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Serowe.
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Serowe — 2 nights

Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Moremi Gorge. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Khama III Memorial Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Serowe trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Gaborone to Serowe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Francistown.
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Francistown — 1 night

Follow the trail of the 19th-century gold rush to the "Capital of the North," the regional commercial center of Francistown.
On the 13th (Sat), try your luck at Marang Casino and then relax in the rural setting at Kuminda Farm.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Francistown attractions website.

Traveling by car from Serowe to Francistown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. August in Francistown sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nata.
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Nata — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nata Bird Sanctuary.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nata trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Francistown to Nata in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Francistown in August since evenings lows in Nata dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park — 2 nights

On the 15th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Kubu Island.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nata to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Nxai Pan National Park.
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Nxai Pan National Park — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nxai Pan National Park online sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Nxai Pan National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park — 6 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Take a break from Chobe National Park with a short trip to Khwai River Bridge in Okavango Delta, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Savute Reserve, get outside with Steenbok Safari, and take a memorable tour with Livingstone Trails.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park vacation app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Shakawe.
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Shakawe — 2 nights

Shakawe is a village located in the northwest corner of Botswana at the beginning of the Okavango Delta, close to Namibia and Angola. On the 24th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Tsodilo Hills.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Shakawe. You will leave for Ngamiland East on the 25th (Thu).
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Ngamiland East — 5 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Get out of town with these interesting Ngamiland East side-trips: Moremi Game Reserve (Moremi Wildlife Reserve & Khwai Concession). Spend the 26th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring at Okavango River. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Mosu Safari Tours and stop by Motsana Maun.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shakawe to Ngamiland East. In August, daily temperatures in Ngamiland East can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough 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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