19 days in Cape Town, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive to Walvis Bay Airport, Fly to Sacramento


Cape Town, South Africa — 6 nights

Mother City

Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town road trip planning tool.

Sacramento, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Sacramento to Cape Town. Traveling from Sacramento in October, you will find days in Cape Town are slightly colder (74°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Ngamiland East.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 3 nights

When in Ngamiland East, make a side trip to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve, approximately Moremi Game Reserve away. Spend the 12th (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring at Okavango River.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East vacation planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Cape Town in October: highs in Ngamiland East hover around 96°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 2 nights

On the 14th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Savute Reserve.

Before you visit Chobe National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Windhoek.
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Windhoek, Namibia — 2 nights

On the 16th (Sun), look for gifts at Wecke & Voigts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche, and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis and then stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Windhoek travel planning tool.

Getting from Chobe National Park to Windhoek by flight takes about 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time to Central Africa Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Swakopmund.
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 3 nights

Step out of Swakopmund with an excursion to Kayaking & Canoeing in Walvis Bay--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and kick back and relax at Long Beach Leisure Park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Swakopmund day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Swakopmund takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Windhoek in October, with highs in Swakopmund at 71°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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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.

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.