44 days in Lusaka, Botswana & Mozambique Itinerary

44 days in Lusaka, Botswana & Mozambique Itinerary

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Lusaka, Zambia
— 9 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 5 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
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Serowe, Botswana
— 1 night
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 7 nights
Fly to Nampula, Drive to Mozambique Island
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 6 nights
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
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Lusaka, Zambia — 9 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.
Take a break from Lusaka with a short trip to Munda Wanga Environmental Park in Chilanga, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilayi Elephant Nursery, browse the different shops at Arcades Shopping Mall, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka, and take in the exciting artwork at Lusaka Collective.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lusaka trip planner.

Glasgow, UK to Lusaka is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Glasgow to Lusaka due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly 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.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Savute Reserve, make a trip to Boab Prison Tree, and surround yourself with nature on Big Sam Hubber.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lusaka to Chobe National Park in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel 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.
Take a break from Ngamiland East with a short trip to Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve, about 58 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring at Okavango River. There's more to do: get interesting insight from Mosu Safari Tours.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East with the Route module. December in Ngamiland East sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Makgadikgadi Pans National Park online tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Serowe.
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Serowe, Botswana — 1 night

Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Khama III Memorial Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Serowe online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Serowe with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Gaborone.
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Gaborone, Botswana — 7 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 1st (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Mokolodi Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues, stop by Botswanacraft, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ the King Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gaborone trip maker.

Drive from Serowe to Gaborone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. In December, daily temperatures in Gaborone can reach 44°C, while at night they dip to 44°C. On the 7th (Sat), you're off to Mozambique Island.
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique — 2 nights

Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sao Sebastiao Peninsula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Governor's Palace Museum and then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mozambique Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Gaborone to Mozambique Island in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Gaborone, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mozambique Island, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Maputo.
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Maputo, Mozambique — 6 nights

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Maputo is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Inhaca Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with Mozambique Scuba.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Maputo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mozambique Island to Maputo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mozambique Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Maputo, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ponta do Ouro.
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique — 1 night

On the 16th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then look for gifts at Magenta Moon Boutique.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ponta do Ouro vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Maputo to Ponta do Ouro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tofo.
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Tofo, Mozambique — 2 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at Massagem Tropical and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach.

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You can fly from Ponta do Ouro to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Vilanculos.
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 3 nights

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
When in Vilanculos, make a side trip to see Parque Nacional de Bazaruto in Bazaruto Archipelago, approximately Bazaruto Archipelago away. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic, relax and rejuvenate at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Vilanculos day trip planning tool.

Fly from Tofo to Vilanculos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Vilanculos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

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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Mozambique travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.
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