15 days in Botswana Itinerary

15 days in Botswana Itinerary

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Ngamiland East
— 3 nights
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Chobe National Park
— 3 nights
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Francistown
— 1 night
Drive
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Serowe
— 1 night
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Gaborone
— 4 nights
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Tshabong
— 1 night
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Ngamiland East

— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Escape the urban bustle at Gifts of The Kalahari Safaris and NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Take a break from Ngamiland East with a short trip to Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve, about 1 hour away. Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring at Okavango River.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East online road trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ngamiland East is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in January; daily highs in Ngamiland East reach 38°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Chobe National Park

— 3 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Serondela Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Livingstone Trails and Steenbok Safari.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park vacation app.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Francistown.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
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Francistown

— 1 night

Capital of the North

Follow the trail of the 19th-century gold rush to the "Capital of the North," the regional commercial center of Francistown.
On the 18th (Tue), try your luck at Marang Casino and then experience rural life at Kuminda Farm.

To find out how to plan a trip to Francistown, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Francistown. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Serowe.

Things to do in Francistown

Casinos · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
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Serowe

— 1 night
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Khama III Memorial Museum and then stroll through Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Serowe journey maker site.

You can drive from Francistown to Serowe in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gaborone.

Things to do in Serowe

Wildlife · Parks · Museums
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Gaborone

— 4 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.
Visiting Maroon Tours & Safaris and Gaborone Game Reserve will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kgale Hill and Sri Balaji Temple. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, appreciate the history behind National Assembly Building, and shop like a local with Somarelang Tikologo (Environment Watch Botswana).

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Gaborone online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Serowe to Gaborone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. In January, daily temperatures in Gaborone can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Tshabong.

Things to do in Gaborone

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Tshabong

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire nature's extreme beauty at Kalahari Desert.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tshabong travel site.

Getting from Gaborone to Tshabong by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tshabong

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
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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.