47 days in Namibia, Zimbabwe & Lesotho Itinerary

47 days in Namibia, Zimbabwe & Lesotho Itinerary

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47 days in Namibia, Zimbabwe & Lesotho Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Luderitz, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Windhoek, Namibia
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Damaraland, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Sesriem, Namibia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
7
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
9
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Maseru, Lesotho
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
night
Luderitz, Namibia

Luderitz ©
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
On the 15th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Diaz Point, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Felsenkirche, and then examine the collection at Luderitz Museum. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's extreme beauty at Agate Beach, then see a world frozen in time at Kolmanskop Ghost Town, and then steep yourself in history at The Goerke House.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Luderitz trip builder tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Luderitz is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. May in Luderitz sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kolmanskop Ghost Town ©
Kolmanskop Ghost Town
Diaz Point ©
Diaz Point
Felsenkirche ©
Felsenkirche

7
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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.
Spend the 18th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: get outside with Deadvlei, admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, and tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Windhoek online journey builder .

Do a combination of flight and car from Luderitz to Windhoek in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luderitz in May, expect nights in Windhoek to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Deadvlei, Fish River Canyon Nationalpark
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

1
night
Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park ©
For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Etosha Pan and then make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Etosha National Park online attractions planner .

You can fly from Windhoek to Etosha National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Etosha ©
Etosha

6
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing, Walvis Bay Waterfront, & more). And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Dune 7.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Swakopmund trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Etosha National Park to Swakopmund takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of shuttle and car. In May, daytime highs in Swakopmund are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Moon Landscape
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Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing
Swakopmund Museum ©
Swakopmund Museum

2
nights
Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland ©
On the 1st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Damara Living Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Twyfelfontein. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Brandberg Mountain.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Damaraland online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Damaraland takes 3 hours. When traveling from Swakopmund in May, plan for slightly colder days in Damaraland, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Sesriem.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks Nature Museums
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Brandberg Mountain ©
Brandberg Mountain
Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein
Damara Living Museum ©
Damara Living Museum

1
night
Sesriem, Namibia

Sesriem
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Namib-Naukluft National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then explore the fascinating landscape at Dune 45 Sossusvlei.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sesriem road trip planner.

Getting from Damaraland to Sesriem by car takes about 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Dune 45 Sossusvlei
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Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Dune 45 Sossusvlei ©
Dune 45 Sossusvlei
Balloon Rides

1
day
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): walk around Hwange National Park.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hwange National Park tour itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sesriem to Hwange National Park. In June in Hwange National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Parks Nature
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Hwange National Park ©
Hwange National Park

7
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
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 7th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, race across the water with a speed boat tour, meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Victoria Falls trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

4
nights
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Bulawayo ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matobo National Park - The Matopos (Cecil Rhode's Burial Place & Matobo Hills). Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Matobo National Park. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, admire the masterpieces at Bulawayo National Gallery of Zimbabwe, explore the ancient world of Dananombe Ruins, and walk around The Hillside Dams Conservancy.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bulawayo road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In June in Bulawayo, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Harare.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park ©
Matobo National Park
Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place ©
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place

7
nights
Harare, Zimbabwe

Harare ©
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.
Step out of Harare to go to Wedza and see Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary, have some family-friendly fun at Tamba Tamba, and take in the awesome beauty at Ngomakurira Mountain.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Harare travel planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Bulawayo to Harare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Harare, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Maseru.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation
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Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN ©
Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN
Thetford Game Reserve ©
Thetford Game Reserve
Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary ©
Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary

6
nights
Maseru, Lesotho

Maseru ©
Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
Get out of town with these interesting Maseru side-trips: Morija Museum & Archives (in Morija), Maletsunyane Falls Semonkong (in Semonkong) and Mafika Lisiu Pass (in Pitseng). There's much more to do: see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, try to win big at Lesotho Sun Casino, steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, and take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Maseru trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Harare to Maseru takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Harare in June: highs in Maseru hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Teyateyaneng, Morija Museum & Archives, Mafika Lisiu Pass, Maletsunyane Falls Semonkong, Gates of Paradise Pass
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Katse Dam ©
Katse Dam
Maletsunyane Falls Semonkong ©
Maletsunyane Falls Semonkong
Maluti Mountains ©
Maluti Mountains

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