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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, and take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund trip itinerary builder tool.

New York City, USA to Swakopmund is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Swakopmund at 69°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Windhoek.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at National Museum of Namibia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche, then stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers, and finally see the interesting displays at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Swakopmund to Windhoek in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Swakopmund in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Windhoek: highs are around 85°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Chobe National Park takes 4 hours. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.
Wildlife · Parks
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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 2nd (Sun), stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East trip itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 96°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.
Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
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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 6th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and stroll through The Big Tree.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and car from Ngamiland East to Victoria Falls in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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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.