23 days in Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

23 days in Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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Fly to Walvis Bay Airport, Drive to Swakopmund
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Windhoek, Fly to Luderitz
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Luderitz, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Moon Landscape. Get some cultural insight at German Evangelical Lutheran Church and Swakopmund Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Mola Mola Safaris in Walvis Bay (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll around Long Beach Leisure Park, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse for treasures at Peter's Antiques, since 1983, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund trip itinerary planner.

Atlanta, USA to Swakopmund is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Africa Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in June; daily highs in Swakopmund reach 73°F and lows reach 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 27:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hidden Vlei and Kuiseb Pass. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spreetshoogte Pass and Tropic of Capricorn Sign. Go for a jaunt from Namib-Naukluft Park to Gobabeb to see Gobabeb Desert Research Station about 1h 15 min away.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Luderitz, Namibia

— 2 nights
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
On the 1st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Kolmanskop Ghost Town and then steep yourself in history at The Goerke House. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Diaz Point, then identify plant and animal life at Agate Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Penguin Catamaran Tours.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Luderitz route planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Namib-Naukluft Park to Luderitz takes 8 hours. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in June, you will find days in Luderitz are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like NamibRand Nature Reserve and Owela Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Christuskirche, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, browse the exhibits of National Museum of Namibia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek day trip app.

Getting from Luderitz to Windhoek by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Windhoek are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 3 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chobe Day Trips and Nogatsaa and Tchinga. Step out of the city life by going to CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Serondela Reserve. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Windhoek to Chobe National Park in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. You will leave for Gaborone on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:
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Gaborone, Botswana

— 1 night
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Balaji Temple, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Maroon Tours & Safaris, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace).

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gaborone trip tool.

You can fly from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Gaborone in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gaborone are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Spas · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Explore hidden gems such as Mosu Safari Tours and Okavango River. Get outdoors at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Khwai Concession.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ngamiland East driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ngamiland East when traveling from Gaborone in July, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Namibia travel guide

4.1
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

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.