15 days in Namibia, Victoria Falls & Botswana Itinerary

15 days in Namibia, Victoria Falls & Botswana Itinerary

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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 1 night
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Drive to Livingstone, Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 1 night

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.
On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Sesriem Canyon.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Namib-Naukluft Park journey tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Namib-Naukluft Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Cape Town, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Namib-Naukluft Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Swakopmund.
Parks · Nature
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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 (Walvis Bay Waterfront & Off-Road Tours). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, browse the exhibits of Swakopmund Museum, take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty, and browse the different shops at Platz Am Meer.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Swakopmund journey planning site.

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Windhoek.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
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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.
On the 6th (Sun), look for gifts at Wecke & Voigts, admire the striking features of Christuskirche, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Windhoek trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Windhoek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Swakopmund, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Victoria Falls.
Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 5 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 10th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip planner.

Fly from Windhoek to Victoria Falls in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Victoria Falls due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ngamiland East day trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and flight from Victoria Falls to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Gaborone.
Parks · Wildlife
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Gaborone, Botswana — 1 night

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone and then take an exotic tour of Maroon Tours & Safaris.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gaborone travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ngamiland East to Gaborone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Ngamiland East in February, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Namibia travel guide

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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

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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.