13 days in Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Windhoek, Fly to Chobe National Park
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for gifts at Herrle & Herma Jewellers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche, and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Windhoek online trip builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Windhoek is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, Windhoek is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Spreetshoogte Pass. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park trip planner.

You can fly from Windhoek to Namib-Naukluft Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. July in Namib-Naukluft Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Swakopmund.
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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.
Explore Swakopmund's surroundings by going to Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours, Flamingo lagoon, &more). There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, and take in the waterfront at Swakopmund Jetty.

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Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund takes 1.5 hours. In July in Swakopmund, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park and then stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Swakopmund to Chobe National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Okavango Delta.
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Okavango Delta, Botswana — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Okavango Delta trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Okavango Delta. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Gaborone.
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Gaborone, Botswana — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gaborone trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Okavango Delta to Gaborone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Okavango Delta in August: highs in Gaborone hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Namibia travel guide

4.2
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.
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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.
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