30 days in Angola, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

30 days in Angola, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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30 days in Angola, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  26​h
1
Luanda, Angola
— 4 nights
2
Lubango, Angola
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Windhoek, Namibia
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Gaborone, Botswana
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  34​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

4
nights
Luanda, Angola

Luanda ©
After decades of conflict, Luanda experienced a massive economic boom at the beginning of the 21st century, making it one of the most developed cities in Africa and a magnet for tourists.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sangano Beach and Museu da Moeda. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Ilha do Mussulo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, make a trip to Miradouro da Lua, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Avenida 4 de Fevereiro.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Luanda trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Luanda is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Luanda is 9 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in November, with highs in Luanda at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lubango.

Things to do in Luanda

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Cabo Ledo ©
Cabo Ledo
Sangano Beach ©
Sangano Beach
Fortaleza de Sao Miguel ©
Fortaleza de Sao Miguel

2
nights
Lubango, Angola

Lubango ©
Lubango is the capital city of the Angolan province of Huíla. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get outside with Serra da Leba and then take in the dramatic natural features at Tundavala.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lubango itinerary planner .

Getting from Luanda to Lubango by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Lubango

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Serra da Leba ©
Serra da Leba
Tundavala ©
Tundavala

6
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kristall Galerie and Woermannhaus. When in Swakopmund, make a side trip to see Spitzkoppe in Damaraland, approximately 2 hours away. Spend the 14th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at German Evangelical Lutheran Church, look for gifts at COSDEF Arts & Craft Centre, snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Swakopmund online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lubango to Swakopmund. November in Swakopmund sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Spitzkoppe
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Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Kristall Galerie ©
Kristall Galerie
German Evangelical Lutheran Church ©

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kuiseb Pass and Kuiseb River. Explore Namib-Naukluft Park's surroundings by going to Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire) and Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing, Dune 7, & more).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Namib-Naukluft Park visit website .

Drive from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park in 1.5 hours. November in Namib-Naukluft Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Kuiseb Pass, Tropic of Capricorn Sign
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Kuiseb Pass ©
Kuiseb Pass
Long Beach Leisure Park ©
Long Beach Leisure Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spreetshoogte Pass and Maerua Mall. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Okapuka Ranch, see the interesting displays at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parliament Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Windhoek driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Namib-Naukluft Park to Windhoek takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in November, expect Windhoek to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Spreetshoogte Pass, Burnt Mountain
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 23:
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Spreetshoogte Pass ©
Spreetshoogte Pass
Safaris

5
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Explore hidden gems such as Three Chiefs' Statues and Gaborone Game Reserve. Spend the 23rd (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. Pack the 25th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Lion Park Resort. And it doesn't end there: stop by Botswanacraft, ponder the world of politics at National Assembly Building, get outside with Kgale Hill, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone.

Before you visit Gaborone, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Gaborone takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western African Time (WAT) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Windhoek in November, plan for little chillier days and much hotter nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Botswanacraft ©
Botswanacraft
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta ©
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Okavango Delta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Okavango River.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Okavango Delta holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Okavango Delta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Gaborone in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Okavango Delta, with highs around 39°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ngamiland East
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Okavango Delta ©
Okavango Delta
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

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