41 days in Namibia, Botswana & Mozambique Itinerary

41 days in Namibia, Botswana & Mozambique Itinerary

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41 days in Namibia, Botswana & Mozambique Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  2 h
3
Windhoek, Namibia
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Gaborone, Botswana
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Maputo, Mozambique
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h
9
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Walvis Bay Waterfront, Off-Road Tours, &more) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll through Welwitschia Plains, browse the different shops at Platz Am Meer, and stop by Die Muschel.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Swakopmund day trip planning site.

London, UK to Swakopmund is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Swakopmund due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Spitzkoppe
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Off-Road Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft Park ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Namib-Naukluft Park: Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire) and Dorob National Park (in Gobabeb). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Sesriem Canyon, cruise along Kuiseb Pass, admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune, and take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes.

Planning Namib-Naukluft Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Tropic of Capricorn Sign, Dorob National Park, Kuiseb Pass
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Big Daddy Dune ©
Big Daddy Dune
Dorob National Park ©
Dorob National Park
Kuiseb Pass ©
Kuiseb Pass

6
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, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, and get the lay of the land with Nande Explorer Cultural Township Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek online trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Namib-Naukluft Park to Windhoek in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in September, with highs in Windhoek at 34°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Namibia ©
National Museum of Namibia
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

3
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.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Savute Reserve and stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Chobe National Park takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

3
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.
When in Okavango Delta, make a side trip to see Okavango River in Maun, approximately Maun away. Spend the 4th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 5th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Okavango Delta trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Okavango Delta. In October, daytime highs in Okavango Delta are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Ngamiland East
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

6
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, stop by Botswanacraft, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, and pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gaborone trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Okavango Delta to Gaborone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect much hotter evenings in Gaborone when traveling from Okavango Delta in October, with lows around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Three Chiefs' Statues ©
Three Chiefs' Statues

5
nights
Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo ©
Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Maputo is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, examine the collection at Museu dos CFM, get engrossed in the history at Fortaleza of Maputo, and head off the coast to Inhaca Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Maputo online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Maputo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gaborone in October: highs in Maputo hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Matola Raid Memorial
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Paroquia Santo Antonio ©
Paroquia Santo Antonio
Maputo Central Train Station ©
Maputo Central Train Station
Inhaca Island ©
Inhaca Island

2
nights
Tofo, Mozambique

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo, stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tofo driving holiday planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Maputo to Tofo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Tofo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Barra Beach
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo
Barra Beach ©
Barra Beach

4
nights
Vilanculos, Mozambique

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Step out of Vilanculos with an excursion to Inhassoro Beach in Inhassoro--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and explore the ancient world of Manyikeni.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vilanculos sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tofo to Vilanculos in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Inhassoro Beach
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Manyikeni ©
Manyikeni

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