30 days in Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary

30 days in Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive to Eros, Fly to Luderitz
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Luderitz, Namibia
— 1 day
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Walvis Bay Waterfront, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Swakopmund Museum, take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty, make a trip to Hohenzollernhaus, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund travel route builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Swakopmund is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, expect Swakopmund to be much hotter, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:

Damaraland, Namibia

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Tue), explore the galleries of Damara Living Museum and then appreciate the history behind Twyfelfontein. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Brandberg Mountain.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Damaraland road trip tool.

Getting from Swakopmund to Damaraland by car takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Swakopmund in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Damaraland: highs are around 39°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Luderitz, Namibia

— 1 day
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Diaz Point, then pause for some serene contemplation at Felsenkirche, and then contemplate the long history of Kolmanskop Ghost Town.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Luderitz trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Damaraland to Luderitz takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Damaraland in March: high temperatures in Luderitz hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Windhoek: Hoanib River (in Kaokoland) and Deadvlei (in Sossusvlei). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Christuskirche, tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, and indulge your taste buds at Nande Explorer Cultural Township Tours.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Luderitz to Windhoek by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Luderitz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Gaborone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:

Gaborone, Botswana

— 3 nights
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, and get a taste of the local shopping with Botswanacraft.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gaborone travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Gaborone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time to Central Africa Time is 1 hour. On the 14th (Thu), you're off to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 14:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East online trip maker.

Getting from Gaborone to Ngamiland East by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Ngamiland East sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 3 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center and explore and take pictures at Boab Prison Tree.

Make your Chobe National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

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 21st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get a taste of the local shopping with Prime Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. In March, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Harare.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 24:

Harare, Zimbabwe

— 4 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.
Harare is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, get your game on at Pole Position Karts, explore the world behind art at Chapungu Sculpture Park, and get advice or help at National Archives of Zimbabwe.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Harare trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Harare takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Victoria Falls in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Harare, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Harare

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:

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.

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.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · 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.