5 days in Botswana, Zambia & Malawi Itinerary

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Gaborone, Botswana
— 1 day
Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone
Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Mulanje, Malawi
— 2 nights


Gaborone, Botswana — 1 day

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 4th (Tue), stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gaborone trip builder tool.

If you are flying in from Botswana, the closest major aiport is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. January in Gaborone sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Livingstone.
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Livingstone, Zambia — 2 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
On the 5th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Livingstone trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Gaborone to Livingstone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Livingstone when traveling from Gaborone in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Mulanje.
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Mulanje, Malawi — 2 nights

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mulanje visit planner.

Fly from Livingstone to Mulanje in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In January in Mulanje, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to home.
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Botswana travel guide

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.

Zambia travel guide

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.

Malawi travel guide

Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.