59 days in Zambia & Botswana Itinerary

59 days in Zambia & Botswana Itinerary

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Lusaka, Zambia
— 9 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 7 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 7 nights
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 6 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 9 nights
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Serowe, Botswana
— 6 nights
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Senanga, Zambia
— 6 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 6 nights
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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.
Step out of Lusaka to go to Chilanga and see Munda Wanga Environmental Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. There's lots more to do: stroll through Lilayi Elephant Nursery, buy something for everyone on your list at Eastpark Mall, take in the exciting artwork at Lusaka Collective, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Crafts Market.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Lusaka sightseeing planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Lusaka is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 7 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Change things up with a short trip to Khwai River Bridge in Okavango Delta (about 1h 50 min away). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Chobe Day Trips, make a trip to Boab Prison Tree, stroll through Savute Reserve, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Steenbok Safari.

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Getting from Lusaka to Chobe National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ngamiland East.
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 7 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 23rd (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring at Okavango River. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Safari Specialists, look for gifts at Motsana Maun, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Temogo Safari, and Head underground at Gcwihaba Caves.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ngamiland East travel planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana — 6 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Makgadikgadi Pans National Park side-trips: Baines Baobabs (in Nxai Pan National Park) and Planet Baobab (in Gweta). Spend the 29th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Spend the 30th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kubu Island.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with the Route module. You'll set off for Gaborone on the 3rd (Sat).
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Gaborone, Botswana — 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 5th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Make the 4th (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Khutse Game Reserve. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of Maroon Tours & Safaris, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ the King Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, and take some stellar pictures from Kgale Hill.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gaborone online route builder.

Traveling by flight from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Gaborone takes 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Gaborone can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Serowe.
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Serowe, Botswana — 6 nights

Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. When in Serowe, make a side trip to see Moremi Gorge in Palapye, approximately Palapye away. It doesn't end there: stroll through Khama Rhino Sanctuary and take an in-depth tour of Khama III Memorial Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Serowe travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gaborone to Serowe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. You will leave for Senanga on the 18th (Sun).
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Senanga, Zambia — 6 nights

Senanga is a town in the Western Province of Zambia, on the eastern bank of the Zambezi River, at the southern end of its Barotse Floodplain. Change things up with a short trip to Ngonye Falls in Sioma (about 2 hours away). There's more to do: explore the activities along Zambezi River.

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Traveling by car from Serowe to Senanga takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Senanga can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 24th (Sat), you're off to Livingstone.
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Livingstone, Zambia — 6 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Step out of Livingstone to go to Kazungula and see Batoka Gorge, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, get a dose of the wild on The Explorer Club, take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum, and explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Livingstone online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Senanga to Livingstone in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Senanga in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Livingstone: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel 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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