12 days in Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 2 nights
Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to New York City


Swakopmund, Namibia — 2 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.
Explore Swakopmund's surroundings by going to Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, and examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Swakopmund trip website.

New York City, USA to Swakopmund is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Swakopmund. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Windhoek.
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Windhoek, Namibia — 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Wed), examine the collection at National Museum of Namibia, admire the striking features of Christuskirche, then stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers, and finally examine the collection at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Windhoek day trip planning site.

Fly from Swakopmund to Windhoek in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Swakopmund in October; daily highs in Windhoek reach 90°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Chobe National Park.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 1 night

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
On the 27th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chobe National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Windhoek to Chobe National Park in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 2 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
On the 28th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ngamiland East trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In October, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 4 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 1st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, stroll through The Big Tree, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip site.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and car from Ngamiland East to Victoria Falls in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Namibia travel guide

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

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.