33 days in Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary

33 days in Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Harare, Zimbabwe
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gobabeb Desert Research Station (in Gobabeb) and Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon, explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune, cruise along Kuiseb Pass, and take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Namib-Naukluft Park journey maker tool.

Windhoek to Namib-Naukluft Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. While traveling from Windhoek, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Namib-Naukluft Park, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

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Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Off-Road Tours). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, stroll through Dune 7, walk around Long Beach Leisure Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at National Marin Aquarium of Namibia.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund takes 1.5 hours. March in Swakopmund sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:

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.
Windhoek is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, see the interesting displays at Geological Survey Museum, and browse the different shops at The Grove Mall of Namibia.

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Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Windhoek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Swakopmund in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Windhoek, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

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Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Gaborone, Botswana

— 4 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.
Pack the 27th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lion Park Resort. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, buy something for everyone on your list at Sebele Centre, appreciate the history behind National Assembly Building, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gaborone attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Gaborone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Gaborone. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
On the 29th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East journey builder site.

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Ngamiland East sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks

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Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 4 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center and make a trip to Boab Prison Tree.

Start your trip to Chobe National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 3:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 5 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.
Spend the 5th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Victoria Falls online tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. April in Victoria Falls sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bulawayo: Matobo National Park - The Matopos (Matobo Hills & Cecil Rhode's Burial Place). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Matobo National Park, see the interesting displays at Bulawayo Railway Museum, take an exotic tour of African Wanderer Safaris, and soothe aching muscles at The Haven Relaxation and Beauty Spa.

Start your trip to Bulawayo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Bulawayo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Harare.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

Harare, Zimbabwe

— 4 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.
Take a break from Harare with a short trip to Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation in Wedza, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Thetford Game Reserve, get your bearings at Mt Pleasant Library, stop by Simpli Simbi, and Head underground at Domboshawa Caves.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Harare day trip app.

You can fly from Bulawayo to Harare in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Harare, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Harare

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

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.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
National Parks · 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.