19 days in Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

19 days in Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

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19 days in Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  33​h
1
Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Lusaka, Zambia
— 4 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: San Francisco, United States

3
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
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 30th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. There's lots more to do: stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, stop by Botswanacraft, appreciate the history behind Three Chiefs' Statues, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Balaji Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gaborone vacation maker .

San Francisco, USA to Gaborone is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gaborone, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Gaborone

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Three Chiefs' Statues ©
Three Chiefs' Statues

4
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Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta ©
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.
Step out of Okavango Delta with an excursion to Okavango River in Maun--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Thu) in the pleasant surroundings of Okavango Delta. Spend the 3rd (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

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Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Okavango Delta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Gaborone in August, plan for much hotter days in Okavango Delta, with highs around 85°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Maun
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Okavango Delta ©
Okavango Delta
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

4
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
On the 6th (Mon), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, view the masterpieces at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Livingstone trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Okavango Delta to Livingstone in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Livingstone

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
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River Rafting & Tubing
Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum
Mukuni Village ©
Mukuni Village

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Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
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.
Spend the 10th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Kafue National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Zambezi River, browse the different shops at Eastpark Mall, head outdoors with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Crafts Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lusaka vacation planning website .

You can fly from Livingstone to Lusaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lusaka

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kafue National Park, Kapishya Hot Springs, Zambezi River
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Chaminuka Game Reserve ©
Chaminuka Game Reserve
Zambezi River ©
Zambezi River
Kafue National Park ©
Kafue National Park

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