17 days in Zambia, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

17 days in Zambia, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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17 days in Zambia, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Serowe, Botswana
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
5
Sesriem, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 30​min
6
Aus, Namibia
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Waterberg Plateau Park, Namibia
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Dublin, Ireland

3
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Railway Museum. On the 12th (Fri), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Livingstone Reptile Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Livingstone trip itinerary planning tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Livingstone is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Livingstone due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in June: high temperatures in Livingstone hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Livingstone

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Mukuni Village
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Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Safaris
Livingstone Reptile Park ©
Livingstone Reptile Park

3
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Go for a jaunt from Ngamiland East to Moremi Game Reserve to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring at Okavango River. Spend the 15th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Okavango Delta.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East online visit planner .

Getting from Livingstone to Ngamiland East by combination of car and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Livingstone in June, you will find days in Ngamiland East are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Kubu Island. Step out of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with an excursion to Baines Baobabs in Nxai Pan National Park--about 1h 25 min away.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Makgadikgadi Pans National Park road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Serowe.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Baines Baobabs
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Baines Baobabs ©
Baines Baobabs
Kubu Island ©
Kubu Island

1
day
Serowe, Botswana

Serowe ©
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. On the 21st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Serowe vacation tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Serowe. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sesriem.

Things to do in Serowe

Parks Wildlife
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Khama Rhino Sanctuary ©
Khama Rhino Sanctuary

1
night
Sesriem, Namibia

Sesriem
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. On the 22nd (Mon), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Dune 45 Sossusvlei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Namib-Naukluft National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sesriem travel route app .

You can drive from Serowe to Sesriem in 18.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Aus.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dune 45 Sossusvlei
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Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Balloon Rides
Dune 45 Sossusvlei ©
Dune 45 Sossusvlei

1
day
Aus, Namibia

Aus ©
Aus is a settlement in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll through Wild Horses of the Namib.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aus day trip tool .

You can drive from Sesriem to Aus in 11.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Waterberg Plateau Park.

Things to do in Aus

Parks Wildlife
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Wild Horses of the Namib ©
Wild Horses of the Namib

1
day
Waterberg Plateau Park, Namibia

Waterberg Plateau Park ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Okonjima Game Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Waterberg Plateau Park online trip builder .

Do a combination of car and flight from Aus to Waterberg Plateau Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Waterberg Plateau Park can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Waterberg Plateau Park

Parks Wildlife
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Okonjima Game Reserve ©
Okonjima Game Reserve

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