21 days in Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

21 days in Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gobabeb, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive to Walvis Bay, Fly to Etosha National Park
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 5 nights

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Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step out of Ngamiland East with an excursion to Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve--about 1 hour away. Spend the 15th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Motsana Maun.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East online route planner.

Livingstone, Zambia to Ngamiland East is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. While traveling from Livingstone, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Ngamiland East, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 1 night
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
On the 18th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park route site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

— 2 nights
One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Dune 45 Sossusvlei, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the fascinating landscape at Dune 45 Sossusvlei, then stroll through Deadvlei, then take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes, and finally take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating landscape at Namib Desert, then explore the fascinating landscape at Sossusvlei, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Namib-Naukluft Park online trip maker.

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Namib-Naukluft Park in 11.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. In August in Namib-Naukluft Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will leave for Gobabeb on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Gobabeb, Namibia

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dorob National Park. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's extreme beauty at Gobabeb Desert Research Station and then explore the fascinating landscape at Dorob National Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gobabeb trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Gobabeb takes 1.5 hours. August in Gobabeb sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Gobabeb

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the landmark architecture of Hohenzollernhaus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7, and browse for treasures at Peter's Antiques, since 1983.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund online attractions planner.

Drive from Gobabeb to Swakopmund in 2 hours. In August in Swakopmund, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

Damaraland, Namibia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Twyfelfontein. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Messum Crater.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Damaraland trip maker site.

You can drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland in 6.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Swakopmund in August: high temperatures in Damaraland hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Etosha National Park, Namibia

— 1 night
For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Damaraland to Etosha National Park in 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 5 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.
Take a break from Windhoek with a short trip to Gross Barmen Hot Springs in Gross Barmen, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Namibia, stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, and tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Windhoek itinerary builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Etosha National Park to Windhoek with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Windhoek

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:

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.