57 days in Zambia, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Livingstone
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 7 nights
Fly
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 7 nights
Fly
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 7 nights
Fly
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Fish River Region, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luderitz, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 7 nights
Drive
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Drive to Walvis Bay Airport, Fly to Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Livingstone, Zambia — 7 nights

Step out of Livingstone to go to Kazungula and see Batoka Gorge, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum, and get a dose of the wild on The Explorer Club.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Livingstone itinerary app.

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica to Livingstone is an approximately 33.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Livingstone due to the time zone difference. In November in Livingstone, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Lusaka.
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Lusaka, Zambia — 6 nights

Change things up with a short trip to Munda Wanga Environmental Park in Chilanga (about 38 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Thu) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. There's lots more to do: stroll through Lilayi Elephant Nursery, trek along Southern Africa Freedom Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Namwane Art Gallery, and hunt for treasures at Pakati Sunday Market.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lusaka trip app.

You can fly from Livingstone to Lusaka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Chobe National Park.
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Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 4 nights

Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Savute Reserve, stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park, and head outdoors with Chobe Day Trips.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chobe National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lusaka to Chobe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 4 nights

Explore Ngamiland East's surroundings by going to Moremi Game Reserve (Moremi Wildlife Reserve & Khwai Concession). Spend the 27th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring at Okavango River. There's more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Bush Calls Safaris.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ngamiland East sightseeing planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. November in Ngamiland East sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Gaborone.
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Gaborone, Botswana — 7 nights

Spend the 1st (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Maroon Tours & Safaris, buy something for everyone on your list at Sebele Centre, stop by Botswanacraft, and take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gaborone online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Ngamiland East to Gaborone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in November: highs in Gaborone hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Windhoek.
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Windhoek, Namibia — 7 nights

Windhoek is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Christuskirche, browse the different shops at The Grove Mall of Namibia, tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Windhoek trip planner.

Fly from Gaborone to Windhoek in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time to Central Africa Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gaborone in December, you will find days in Windhoek are a bit cooler (38°C), and nights are cooler (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Fish River Region.
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Fish River Region, Namibia — 2 nights

On the 14th (Thu), soothe aching muscles at Ai-Ais Hotsprings Spa. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Fish-River-Canyon Lookout, then explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon, and then stroll through /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fish River Region trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Windhoek to Fish River Region in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Luderitz.
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Luderitz, Namibia — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with Penguin Catamaran Tours, enjoy the sea views from Diaz Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agate Beach.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fish River Region to Luderitz. In December, daily temperatures in Luderitz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Etosha National Park on the 17th (Sun).
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Etosha National Park, Namibia — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moringa Waterhole. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Etosha National Park trip website.

You can fly from Luderitz to Etosha National Park in 7.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Damaraland.
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Damaraland, Namibia — 2 nights

On the 20th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brandberg Mountain and then appreciate the history behind Twyfelfontein. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Spitzkoppe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Damaraland online travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Etosha National Park to Damaraland. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Swakopmund.
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 7 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Walvis Bay (Flamingo lagoon, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, push the limits with an extreme tour, and stroll through Welwitschia Plains.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Swakopmund online tour planner.

Getting from Damaraland to Swakopmund by car takes about 3 hours. In December in Swakopmund, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 4 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Namib-Naukluft Park: Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire) and Gobabeb Desert Research Station (in Gobabeb). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune, cruise along Kuiseb Pass, and explore the stunning scenery at Sesriem Canyon.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Namib-Naukluft Park road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Zambia travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Kayaking & Canoeing
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.
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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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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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