22 days in Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

22 days in Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  31 h
1
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
4
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Damaraland, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h
6
Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Luderitz, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly:  36 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

3
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Victoria Falls vacation site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Victoria Falls is an approximately 31- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland to Victoria Falls, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for warmer days in Victoria Falls, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge
Zipline

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park and then stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Chobe National Park sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve

2
nights
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta ©
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Okavango Delta road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Okavango Delta. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust
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NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

2
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Dune 7, stop by Karakulia Weavers, and take in the waterfront at Swakopmund Jetty.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund trip builder.

Getting from Okavango Delta to Swakopmund by flight takes about 19 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Okavango Delta to Swakopmund. When traveling from Okavango Delta in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Swakopmund: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Safaris
Off-Road Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland ©
On the 13th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Twyfelfontein. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Brandberg Mountain.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Damaraland trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Swakopmund in August; daily highs in Damaraland reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Damaraland

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein
Brandberg Mountain ©
Brandberg Mountain

1
night
Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha and then make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Etosha National Park road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Damaraland to Etosha National Park in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Etosha ©
Etosha

3
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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.
Windhoek is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche, examine the collection at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum, stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, and stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Windhoek tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Etosha National Park to Windhoek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In August in Windhoek, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
Safaris

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Luderitz, Namibia

Luderitz ©
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Diaz Point and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agate Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kolmanskop Ghost Town and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Felsenkirche.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Luderitz trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Windhoek to Luderitz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Windhoek in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Luderitz, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites Beaches Wildlife
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Kolmanskop Ghost Town ©
Kolmanskop Ghost Town
Diaz Point ©
Diaz Point
Felsenkirche ©
Felsenkirche

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