21 days in Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

21 days in Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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


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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Dune 7, browse the different shops at Platz Am Meer, and explore the galleries of Swakopmund Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Swakopmund holiday maker.

Catania, Italy to Swakopmund is an approximately 24-hour flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Catania in August; daily highs in Swakopmund reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Side Trip
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Namib-Naukluft Park to Gobabeb to see Gobabeb Desert Research Station about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon and cruise along Kuiseb Pass.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Namib-Naukluft Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 1.5 hours. August in Namib-Naukluft Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Windhoek.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips
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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 13th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve. On the next day, admire the striking features of Christuskirche and then browse the exhibits of National Museum of Namibia.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Windhoek trip planning website.

You can fly from Namib-Naukluft Park to Windhoek in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in August, expect nights in Windhoek to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Chobe National Park.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 3 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Chobe National Park takes 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ngamiland East trip itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. August in Ngamiland East sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.
Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
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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 23rd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls vacation 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 August in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can 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.