Flower of Africa

Total Cost: ~$560 + 30,000 Marriott Rewards Points

  • British Airways Johannesburg – Livingstone round trip: $305
  • Transportation to and from Livingstone airport: $ 23
  • Botswana Day Trip: $185 (could have been a LOT cheaper)
  • Entrance to Zambia’s side of Victoria Falls: $20
  • Food: $27

Unless money is no object, country counting does require some level of efficiency, e.g. visiting a bunch of countries that are in close proximity to each other. If you look at the map, you’ll see where Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe converge. So with one round-trip flight from Johannesburg, I was able to squeeze in three new countries. It’s not a super awesome way to travel sometimes, but hopefully I’ll get to return to these countries for a more in-depth visit in the future.

23 August 2018: Johannesburg – Livingstone (British Airways/South Africa Airways flies into both Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, if Victoria Falls is your goal. I picked Livingstone because it has a category 1 Marriott, and it was cheaper). You can read about my obnoxious seatmate here.

24 August 2018: Livingstone, Zambia – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Livingstone, Zambia. I walked!

25 August 2018: Livingstone, Zambia. The walk took a lot out of me, but you can check out my café review.

26 August 2018: Livingstone, Zambia. I just hung out by Protea Livingstone’s pool. Check out my review of Protea Livingstone, where I spent 5 nights.

27 August 2018: Livingstone, Zambia – Chobe National Park, Botswana – Livingstone, Zambia

28 August 2018: Livingstone – Johannesburg