17 days in Namibia Itinerary

17 days in Namibia Itinerary

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17 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Windhoek
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Waterberg Plateau Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Etosha National Park
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h
4
Damaraland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Swakopmund
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
6
Sesriem
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
7
Aus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Luderitz
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Ais-Ais
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
10
Hardap
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Windhoek
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Dusseldorf


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Windhoek

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.
To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek tour itinerary planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Windhoek is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Windhoek is 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Dusseldorf in December; daily highs in Windhoek reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. You'll set off for Waterberg Plateau Park on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Windhoek

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterberg Plateau Park

Waterberg Plateau Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Waterburg Plateau Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Okonjima Game Reserve.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Waterberg Plateau Park trip planner .

You can drive from Windhoek to Waterberg Plateau Park in 5 hours. December in Waterberg Plateau Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Waterberg Plateau Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Waterburg Plateau Park
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Okonjima Game Reserve ©
Okonjima Game Reserve
Waterburg Plateau Park ©
Waterburg Plateau Park

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Etosha National Park

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 17th (Tue): stroll through Etosha and then make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Etosha National Park holiday app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Waterberg Plateau Park to Etosha National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Damaraland.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Etosha ©
Etosha

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Damaraland

Damaraland ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cape Cross as well as Spitzkoppe. On the 18th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Spitzkoppe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Cross, then take in the awesome beauty at Brandberg Mountain, then make a trip to Twyfelfontein, and finally examine the collection at Damara Living Museum. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Messum Crater.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Damaraland route planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Etosha National Park to Damaraland in 7 hours. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Messum Crater, Cape Cross
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Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein
Cape Cross
Cape Cross

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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.
You've now added Zeila Shipwreck to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at German Evangelical Lutheran Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Zeila Shipwreck.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Swakopmund trip site .

You can drive from Damaraland to Swakopmund in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Swakopmund can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sesriem.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Zeila Shipwreck
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Safaris
Zeila Shipwreck ©
Zeila Shipwreck
German Evangelical Lutheran Church ©

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Sesriem

Sesriem ©
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Your list of things to see and do now includes Spreetshoogte Pass, Hidden Vlei, Big Daddy Dune, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune, cruise along Spreetshoogte Pass, admire nature's extreme beauty at Sossusvlei, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hidden Vlei, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Dune 45 Sossusvlei. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Namib-Naukluft National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes, and then take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sesriem day trip website .

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Sesriem takes 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aus.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Namib-Naukluft Park
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Sossusvlei ©
Sossusvlei
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Big Daddy Dune ©
Big Daddy Dune

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Aus

Aus ©
Aus is a settlement in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Garub Pan and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Horses of the Namib.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aus online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sesriem to Aus takes 11.5 hours. You'll set off for Luderitz on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Aus

Parks Wildlife
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Wild Horses of the Namib ©
Wild Horses of the Namib
Garub Pan ©
Garub Pan

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Luderitz

Luderitz
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Felsenkirche, Agate Beach and Kolmanskop Ghost Town. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see a world frozen in time at Kolmanskop Ghost Town, then enjoy the sand and surf at Agate Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Felsenkirche.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Luderitz sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by car from Aus to Luderitz takes 1.5 hours. In December in Luderitz, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Ais-Ais.

Things to do in Luderitz

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Ais-Ais

Ais-Ais
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fish River Canyon Nationalpark as well as Fish River Canyon. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Fish River Canyon and then explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon Nationalpark.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ais-Ais trip planner .

Traveling by car from Luderitz to Ais-Ais takes 5.5 hours. On the 26th (Thu), you'll travel to Hardap.

Things to do in Ais-Ais

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hardap

Hardap ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Duwisib Castle. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Tsaris Pass.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hardap trip maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ais-Ais to Hardap. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Windhoek.

Things to do in Hardap

Scenic Drive Historic Sites Outdoors
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Duwisib Castle ©
Duwisib Castle

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Windhoek

Windhoek ©
On the 28th (Sat), examine the collection at National Museum of Namibia, tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, then hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Katutura Township.

Plan my day in Windhoek using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Hardap to Windhoek takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Windhoek

Parks Wildlife Museums
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Katutura Township ©
Katutura Township
National Museum of Namibia ©
National Museum of Namibia

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