42 days in Namibia, Zambia & Angola Itinerary

42 days in Namibia, Zambia & Angola Itinerary

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42 days in Namibia, Zambia & Angola Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  11​h 15​min
3
Luderitz, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Windhoek, Namibia
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Lubango, Angola
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Luanda, Angola
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
7
Kalandula, Angola
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
8
Kafue National Park, Zambia
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
9
Lusaka, Zambia
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Siavonga, Zambia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Livingstone, Zambia
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like German Evangelical Lutheran Church and Long Beach Leisure Park. Get outdoors at Dune 7 and Moon Landscape. Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Gobabeb (Dorob National Park & Gobabeb Desert Research Station) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Snake Park, and admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Swakopmund day trip website .

New York City, USA to Swakopmund is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Swakopmund is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Swakopmund to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Gobabeb, Spitzkoppe, Moon Landscape
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dune 7 ©
Dune 7
Moon Landscape ©
Moon Landscape

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 (Wed): stroll through Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Etosha National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Swakopmund to Etosha National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Etosha ©
Etosha

2
nights
Luderitz, Namibia

Luderitz ©
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Felsenkirche and Diaz Point. Get a sense of the local culture at Kolmanskop Ghost Town and The Goerke House. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Agate Beach.

For maps and other tourist information, read Luderitz trip website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Etosha National Park to Luderitz in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. June in Luderitz sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Felsenkirche ©
Felsenkirche
Kolmanskop Ghost Town ©
Kolmanskop Ghost Town
Agate Beach ©
Agate Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Katutura Township and Christuskirche. Get outdoors at Fish River Canyon Nationalpark and NamibRand Nature Reserve. Step out of Windhoek to go to Gross Barmen and see Gross Barmen Hot Springs, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei, see the interesting displays at Owela Museum, take an in-depth tour of Cuno Hoffmeister Memorial Observatory, and engage your brain at Geological Survey Museum.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Windhoek trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Luderitz to Windhoek in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luderitz in June, you will find days in Windhoek are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Lubango.

Things to do in Windhoek

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gross Barmen Hot Springs, Deadvlei, Fish River Canyon Nationalpark
Highlights from your plan
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark ©
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

1
night
Lubango, Angola

Lubango ©
Lubango is the capital city of the Angolan province of Huíla. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get outside with Serra da Leba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ the King Statue, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Tundavala.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lubango day trip planning website .

You can fly from Windhoek to Lubango in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Windhoek to Lubango, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Luanda.

Things to do in Lubango

Historic Sites Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Christ the King Statue ©
Christ the King Statue
Tundavala ©
Tundavala
Serra da Leba ©
Serra da Leba

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fortaleza de Sao Miguel and Sangano Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cabo Ledo and Octopus. Take a break from Luanda with a short trip to Fortress of Muxima in Muxima, about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Ship's Cemetery (Graveyard), get great views at Miradouro da Lua, browse the exhibits of Museu da Moeda, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Avenida 4 de Fevereiro.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Luanda trip builder site .

You can fly from Lubango to Luanda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Luanda, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kalandula.

Things to do in Luanda

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fortress of Muxima
Highlights from your plan
Cabo Ledo ©
Cabo Ledo
Fortaleza de Sao Miguel ©
Fortaleza de Sao Miguel
Sangano Beach ©
Sangano Beach

1
night
Kalandula, Angola

Kalandula ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Kalandula Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kalandula route planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Luanda to Kalandula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kafue National Park.

Things to do in Kalandula

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kalandula Falls ©
Kalandula Falls

1
night
Kafue National Park, Zambia

Kafue National Park ©
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Kafue National Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kafue National Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Kalandula to Kafue National Park in 29 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kalandula to Kafue National Park due to the time zone difference. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lusaka.

Things to do in Kafue National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kafue National Park ©
Kafue National Park

6
nights
Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lower Zambezi National Park and Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zambia National Museum and Namwane Art Gallery. Spend the 19th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, contemplate the long history of Chilenje House, admire the masterpieces at Modzi Arts, and stroll through Southern Africa Freedom Trail.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Lusaka trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kafue National Park to Lusaka takes 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Siavonga.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lower Zambezi National Park ©
Lower Zambezi National Park
The Lilayi Elephant Nursery ©
The Lilayi Elephant Nursery
Lusaka National Park ©
Lusaka National Park

1
night
Siavonga, Zambia

Siavonga ©
Siavonga is a town in the Southern Province of Zambia, lying on the north shore of Lake Kariba. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see human ingenuity at work at Kariba.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Siavonga online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lusaka to Siavonga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Siavonga

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kariba Dam ©
Kariba Dam

6
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone Museum and Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Victoria Falls and Helicopter Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and see the interesting displays at Railway Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Livingstone holiday tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Siavonga to Livingstone in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Siavonga in July, expect nights in Livingstone to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Safaris
Livingstone Reptile Park ©
Livingstone Reptile Park

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