22 days in Zimbabwe & Namibia Itinerary

22 days in Zimbabwe & Namibia Itinerary

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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Walvis Bay, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
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Harare, Zimbabwe

— 3 nights

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Take a break from Harare with a short trip to Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation in Wedza, about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, have some family-friendly fun at Tamba Tamba, stop by kiki's gallery, and stroll through Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Harare holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Harare is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Harare due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, you will find days in Harare are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Harare

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

— 2 nights
A vacation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, offers a pleasant base for wider explorations of some of the country's national parks and game reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Matobo National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bulawayo tour planner.

Getting from Harare to Bulawayo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Bulawayo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 5 nights
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.
Spend the 26th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan trip to Victoria Falls with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

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.
Step out of Windhoek with an excursion to Deadvlei in Sossusvlei--about 5h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Namibia, and stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Windhoek trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Windhoek takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Victoria Falls to Windhoek is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Victoria Falls, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Windhoek, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Walvis Bay.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

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 4th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Walvis Bay Waterfront and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7 and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Walvis Bay trip planner.

Getting from Windhoek to Walvis Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Windhoek in October; daily highs in Walvis Bay reach 25°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Swakopmund to Damaraland to see Spitzkoppe about 3h 45 min away. Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, and look for gifts at Kristall Galerie.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Swakopmund trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Swakopmund sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

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.