48 days in Zimbabwe, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

48 days in Zimbabwe, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 5 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 7 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 5 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 5 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
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Gaborone, Botswana
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe — 3 nights

A vacation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, offers a pleasant base for wider explorations of some of the country's national parks and game reserves.
Get in touch with nature at Matobo National Park and Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bulawayo: Matobo National Park - The Matopos (Matobo Hills & Cecil Rhode's Burial Place). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with African Wanderer Safaris, walk around The Hillside Dams Conservancy, and examine the collection at Bulawayo Railway Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bulawayo trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Bulawayo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Central Africa Time is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Perth in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bulawayo: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hwange National Park.
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe — 1 night

On the 18th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then stroll around Hwange National Park.

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Drive from Bulawayo to Hwange National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Victoria Falls.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 6 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.
Get outdoors at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Safaris. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Victoria Falls sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to Harare.
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Harare, Zimbabwe — 5 nights

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Escape the urban bustle at Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation and Domboshawa Caves. Take a break from Harare with a short trip to Gosho Park in Marondera, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary, explore the galleries of Shona Sculpture Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at Amara's Health Spa, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ngomakurira Mountain.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Harare road trip planning app.

Getting from Victoria Falls to Harare by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Victoria Falls in August, expect nights in Harare to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sesriem Canyon and Gobabeb Desert Research Station. Explore Namib-Naukluft Park's surroundings by going to Dorob National Park (in Gobabeb) and Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Kuiseb Pass.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Namib-Naukluft Park tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Harare to Namib-Naukluft Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Harare to Namib-Naukluft Park. Traveling from Harare in August, you will find days in Namib-Naukluft Park are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Swakopmund.
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 7 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Cape Cross. Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Walvis Bay Waterfront, Off-Road Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Welwitschia Plains, explore the striking landscape at Moon Landscape, buy something for everyone on your list at Platz Am Meer, and snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Swakopmund itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Swakopmund can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Windhoek.
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Windhoek, Namibia — 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at NamibRand Nature Reserve and Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis. Spend the 13th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche, browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, examine the collection at National Museum of Namibia, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Windhoek trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Swakopmund to Windhoek in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Swakopmund in September: high temperatures in Windhoek hover around 34°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 5 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Visiting Savute Reserve and Nogatsaa and Tchinga will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center, take an exotic tour of Steenbok Safari, and get interesting insight from Livingstone Trails.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park trip maker site.

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 by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 4 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Get in touch with nature at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring at Okavango River. It doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Safari Specialists.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East online tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In September in Ngamiland East, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Gaborone.
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Gaborone, Botswana — 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mokolodi Nature Reserve and Khutse Game Reserve. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Maroon Tours & Safaris, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ the King Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gaborone route builder website.

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Gaborone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ngamiland East in September, you will find days in Gaborone are little chillier (34°C), and nights are warmer (34°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.2
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.
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Namibia travel guide

4.2
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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