17 days in Zambia, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

17 days in Zambia, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Serowe, Botswana
— 1 day
Drive
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Sesriem, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive
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Aus, Namibia
— 1 day
Drive
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Waterberg Plateau Park, Namibia
— 1 day
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Livingstone, Zambia

— 3 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mukuni Village and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, explore the galleries of Livingstone Museum, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Livingstone trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Livingstone is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Livingstone due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in June: high temperatures in Livingstone hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

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Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Go for a jaunt from Ngamiland East to Moremi Game Reserve to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve about 1 hour away. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring at Okavango River. Spend the 15th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ngamiland East vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Livingstone to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. While traveling from Livingstone, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Ngamiland East, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 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

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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

— 3 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Baines Baobabs. Spend the 19th (Fri) among the memorable landscape of Kubu Island.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. 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

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:

Serowe, Botswana

— 1 day
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Serowe trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options 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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Sesriem, Namibia

— 1 night
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), enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Dune 45 Sossusvlei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): explore the fascinating landscape at Namib-Naukluft National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sesriem holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Serowe to Sesriem takes 18 hours. Traveling from Serowe to Sesriem, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Aus.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Aus, Namibia

— 1 day
Aus is a settlement in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Horses of the Namib.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Aus tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sesriem to Aus in 11.5 hours. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Waterberg Plateau Park.

Things to do in Aus

Parks · Wildlife
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Waterberg Plateau Park, Namibia

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll through Okonjima Game Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Waterberg Plateau Park road trip app.

Getting from Aus to Waterberg Plateau Park by car takes about 17 hours. June in Waterberg Plateau Park sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 9°C at night. 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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Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.

Botswana travel guide

3.7
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.

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.