29 days in Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

29 days in Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Fish River Region, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 5 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia — 4 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.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Christuskirche, sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, and see the interesting displays at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Windhoek trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Windhoek is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in February, with highs in Windhoek at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Fish River Region.
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Fish River Region, Namibia — 2 nights

The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get great views at Fish-River-Canyon Lookout and then take in breathtaking views at Fish River Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at Ai-Ais Hotsprings Spa.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fish River Region itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Fish River Region takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Swakopmund.
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 4 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Flamingo lagoon, Off-Road Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Dune 7, and browse the different shops at Platz Am Meer.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund trip planner.

Getting from Fish River Region to Swakopmund by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Namib-Naukluft Park side-trips: Gobabeb (Dorob National Park & Gobabeb Desert Research Station). There's more to do: admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Namib-Naukluft Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Damaraland.
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Damaraland, Namibia — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): hike along Spitzkoppe. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Twyfelfontein.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Damaraland attractions planning site.

Drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Damaraland in 4 hours. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in March, expect Damaraland to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.
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Etosha National Park, Namibia — 2 nights

For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Etosha National Park trip maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Damaraland to Etosha National Park. On the 17th (Fri), you're off 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 18th (Sat): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Etosha National Park to Ngamiland East with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Etosha National Park to Ngamiland East due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 4 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Change things up with a short trip to Khwai River Bridge in Okavango Delta (about 1h 50 min away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Boab Prison Tree and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chobe National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Gaborone.
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Gaborone, Botswana — 5 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.
Gaborone is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Maroon Tours & Safaris, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gaborone travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Gaborone in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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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.
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