9 days in Zambia, Johannesburg & Okavango Delta Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Lusaka, Zambia
— 1 night
Livingstone, Zambia
— 1 night


Johannesburg, South Africa — 3 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Family-friendly places like Apartheid Museum and National Zoological Gardens of South Africa will thrill your kids. Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park in Hartbeespoort--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, get to know the resident critters at Johannesburg Zoo, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and stop by Amatuli Artefacts.

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Brisbane, Australia to Johannesburg is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly to Okavango Delta.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Okavango Delta, Botswana — 2 nights

Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

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Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Okavango Delta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Okavango Delta: highs are around 39°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lusaka.
Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
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Lusaka, Zambia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Chaminuka Game Reserve and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka.

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You can fly from Okavango Delta to Lusaka in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Livingstone.
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Livingstone, Zambia — 1 night

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum, admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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Traveling by flight from Lusaka to Livingstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours
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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.