37 days in Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

37 days in Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 6 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 7 nights
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Luderitz, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Sesriem, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
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— 7 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 2 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park online journey planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Chobe National Park is an approximately 120-hour travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Chobe National Park is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Gaborone, Botswana

— 6 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.
When in Gaborone, make a side trip to see Khwai Concession in Moremi Game Reserve, approximately Moremi Game Reserve away. There's much more to do: stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace), and appreciate the history behind Three Chiefs' Statues.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gaborone road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Chobe National Park to Gaborone takes 7 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step out of Ngamiland East to go to Moremi Game Reserve and see Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 10th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring at Okavango River.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Ngamiland East takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Gaborone, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Ngamiland East, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

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.
On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Etosha National Park journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Etosha National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ngamiland East to Etosha National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Windhoek: Deadvlei (in Sossusvlei) and Rhenish Mission Church (in Otjimbingwe). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, and wander the wide-open spaces of Okapuka Ranch.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Etosha National Park to Windhoek with the Route module. In November, daytime highs in Windhoek are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 21:

Luderitz, Namibia

— 3 nights
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Luderitz is known for historic sites, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kolmanskop Ghost Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Agate Beach, examine the collection at Luderitz Museum, and visit a coastal fixture at Diaz Point.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Luderitz route planning site.

Getting from Windhoek to Luderitz by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November, Luderitz is little chillier than Windhoek - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Sesriem.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Sesriem, Namibia

— 2 nights
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Explore Sesriem's surroundings by going to Sossusvlei (Dune 45 Sossusvlei & Big Daddy Dune) and Sossusvlei (in Namib-Naukluft Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Namib-Naukluft National Park and take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sesriem route maker site.

Traveling by car from Luderitz to Sesriem takes 13.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Sesriem

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

Damaraland, Namibia

— 1 night
On the 28th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Messum Crater. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Twyfelfontein.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Damaraland trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Sesriem to Damaraland in 7.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Damaraland

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Zeila Shipwreck (in Hentiesbaai) and Walvis Bay (Walvis Bay Waterfront, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at German Evangelical Lutheran Church, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, and stroll through Welwitschia Plains.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Swakopmund trip planner.

Getting from Damaraland to Swakopmund by car takes about 6.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 6:

Botswana travel guide

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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.