20 days in Botswana Itinerary

20 days in Botswana Itinerary

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20 days in Botswana Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
bus:  16​h 30​min
1
Ngamiland East
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Shakawe
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Chobe National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Nxai Pan National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Nata
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Serowe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Gaborone
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Ngamiland East

Ngamiland East ©
Take a break from the city and head to NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring at Okavango River.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East day trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ngamiland East is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Ngamiland East is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 39°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Shakawe.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

1
night
Shakawe

Shakawe
Shakawe is a village located in the northwest corner of Botswana at the beginning of the Okavango Delta, close to Namibia and Angola. On the 14th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Tsodilo Hills.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shakawe day trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Shakawe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Shakawe

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tsodilo Hills
Tsodilo Hills

3
nights
Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park ©
Visiting Savute Reserve and CARACAL Biodiversity Center will get you outdoors.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Shakawe to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Nxai Pan National Park.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

1
night
Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nxai Pan National Park online attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Nxai Pan National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Nxai Pan National Park

Parks Nature
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Baines Baobabs ©
Baines Baobabs

2
nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
On the 19th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Kubu Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Nxai Pan National Park to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nata.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Kubu Island ©
Kubu Island

2
nights
Nata

Nata
On the 21st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nata Bird Sanctuary.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read Nata day trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Nata. In September, daytime highs in Nata are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You'll set off for Serowe on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Nata

Parks Wildlife
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Nata Bird Sanctuary
Nata Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
Serowe

Serowe ©
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Moremi Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Khama Rhino Sanctuary and then get engrossed in the history at Khama III Memorial Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Serowe road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Nata to Serowe in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gaborone.

Things to do in Serowe

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moremi Gorge
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Khama Rhino Sanctuary ©
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Moremi Gorge ©
Moremi Gorge
Khama III Memorial Museum ©
Khama III Memorial Museum

4
nights
Gaborone

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.
ISKCON Gaborone and Christ the King Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Mokolodi Nature Reserve and Bluetree World of Golf will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at National Museum, get a sense of history and politics at National Assembly Building, and stop by Botswanacraft.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gaborone trip planner .

Drive from Serowe to Gaborone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Gaborone sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 34°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Gaborone Game Reserve ©
Gaborone Game Reserve
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone

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