8 days in Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

8 days in Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 1 night
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
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Luderitz, Namibia
— 1 night
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Ais-Ais, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Walvis Bay Waterfront and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then browse the different shops at Platz Am Meer.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund journey site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Swakopmund is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Swakopmund, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Windhoek.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
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Windhoek, Namibia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche and then tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Windhoek trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Windhoek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Swakopmund in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Luderitz.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Luderitz, Namibia — 1 night

Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with Penguin Catamaran Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Luderitz road trip planner.

You can fly from Windhoek to Luderitz in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Windhoek, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Luderitz, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 18°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ais-Ais.
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Ais-Ais, Namibia — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Ai-Ais Hotsprings Spa and then explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ais-Ais trip planner.

You can drive from Luderitz to Ais-Ais in 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.
Spas · Nature · 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ais-Ais to Ngamiland East. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time to Central Africa Time is 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly 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.

Fish River Region travel guide

3.7
Canyons · Spas & Wellness · Lookouts
The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100mi long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais is situated.Public view points are near Hobas, a camp site 70 km north of Ai-Ais. This part of the canyon is part of the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The other 90 km of this canyon are privately owned.GeologyThe Fish River canyon consists of an upper canyon, where river erosion was inhibited by hard gneiss bedrocks, and a lower canyon formed after erosion had finally worn through the gneisses.Upstream, the river runs through horizontal dolomite strata; these metamorphic rocks formed part of the canyon. About 650 million years ago (Mya), plate movement formed a north-south graben, or lowered area, along which the ancient Fish River could flow and eventually erode a flat plain, which is today's upper canyon. Glaciation at around 300 Mya, part of the Dyka glaciation during the Karoo Ice Age, further deepened the canyon. About 60 Mya, South America and Africa separated (due to continental drift) and Africa rose significantly; the consequentially increased gradient of the Fish River enabled it to erode the lower canyon into the hard gneisses, forming the current deeply twisting, meandering system of the lower canyon.

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Botswana travel guide

3.7
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.