16 days in Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

16 days in Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Walvis Bay, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
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Swakopmund, Namibia

— 3 nights
Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Family-friendly places like Swakopmund Jetty and National Marin Aquarium of Namibia will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through Welwitschia Plains, browse the exhibits of Swakopmund Museum, and don't miss a visit to Hohenzollernhaus.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Swakopmund trip tool.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to Swakopmund is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kota Kinabalu to Swakopmund due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kota Kinabalu in March, with highs in Swakopmund at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Walvis Bay.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Walvis Bay, Namibia

— 2 nights
A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Long Beach Leisure Park, stroll through Dune 7, and then take a leisurely stroll along Walvis Bay Waterfront.

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Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Walvis Bay sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 3 nights
Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Bring the kids along to Christuskirche and Namibia Craft Centre. Step out of Windhoek with an excursion to Deadvlei in Sossusvlei--about 5h 30 min away. Spend the 2nd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, explore the galleries of National Museum of Namibia, stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers, and get the lay of the land with Nande Explorer Cultural Township Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Windhoek itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Walvis Bay to Windhoek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Windhoek are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 2 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park journey planning tool.

You can fly from Windhoek to Chobe National Park in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East route builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In April in Ngamiland East, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:

Namibia travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.

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.