15 days in Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Windhoek, Fly to Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights


Windhoek, Namibia — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, take in nature's colorful creations at Parliament Gardens, then examine the collection at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Windhoek route website.

Brussels, Belgium to Windhoek is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. In September, Windhoek is somewhat warmer than Brussels - with highs of 34°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Namib-Naukluft Park.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kuiseb Pass and Spreetshoogte Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Namib-Naukluft Park: Dorob National Park (in Gobabeb) and Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire).

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Windhoek in September; daily highs in Namib-Naukluft Park reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Swakopmund.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Long Beach Leisure Park and Moon Landscape. Step out of Swakopmund with an excursion to Photography Tours in Walvis Bay--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at German Evangelical Lutheran Church, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus, and look for gifts at Kristall Galerie.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Swakopmund trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.
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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 13th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Chobe National Park day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Swakopmund to Chobe National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Swakopmund to Chobe National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 3 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mosu Safari Tours and Motsana Maun. Take a break from the city and head to Khwai Concession and Okavango River.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East road trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In September, daily temperatures in Ngamiland East can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll through The Big Tree, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the galleries of Prime Art Gallery, then meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and finally stroll through Siduli Hide.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls online trip maker.

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 September in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly 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.

Zimbabwe travel guide

Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.