20 days in Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

20 days in Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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20 days in Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Omaruru, Namibia
— 2 nights
drive:  17 h 30 min
5
Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
drive:  9 h 30 min
6
Rundu, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Divundu, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h
8
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
9
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Windhoek is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Windhoek. Traveling from Zurich in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Windhoek, with lows around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Outdoors Golf
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Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis ©
Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis

2
nights
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft Park ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kuiseb Pass and Sesriem Canyon. There's still lots to do: cruise along Spreetshoogte Pass.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Namib-Naukluft Park tour planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Windhoek to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Windhoek in August, you will find days in Namib-Naukluft Park are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kuiseb Pass
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Kuiseb Pass ©
Kuiseb Pass
Spreetshoogte Pass ©
Spreetshoogte Pass

2
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.
To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Swakopmund trip planner.

You can drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Omaruru.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
German Evangelical Lutheran Church ©
German Evangelical Lutheran Church
Kristall Galerie ©
Kristall Galerie

2
nights
Omaruru, Namibia

Omaruru ©
Omaruru is a city and constituency in the Erongo Region of Namibia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Tikoloshe Afrika.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Omaruru trip planner.

You can drive from Swakopmund to Omaruru in 2.5 hours. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Omaruru

Shopping Museums
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Tikoloshe Afrika ©
Tikoloshe Afrika

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha.

Plan trip to Etosha National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of train and shuttle from Omaruru to Etosha National Park takes 17.5 hours. You'll set off for Rundu on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Etosha ©
Etosha

1
night
Rundu, Namibia

Rundu
Rundu is the capital of the Kavango-East Region, northern Namibia, on the border with Angola on the banks of the Kavango River about 1000m above sea level. To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Rundu tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Etosha National Park to Rundu takes 9.5 hours. In September in Rundu, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Divundu.

Things to do in Rundu

Museums Shopping
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2
nights
Divundu, Namibia

Divundu ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Popa Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Buffalo Core Area.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Divundu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rundu to Divundu takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Divundu

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Buffalo Core Area
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Buffalo Core Area ©
Buffalo Core Area
Popa Falls ©
Popa Falls

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Nogatsaa and Tchinga. Get outdoors at Serondela Reserve and Linyanti River. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve and stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Divundu to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve
Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, take in the exciting artwork at Prime Art Gallery, then meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Victoria Falls driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. In September, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Parks Nature
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Zipline
Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park

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