17 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

17 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Windhoek, Namibia
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
3
Luderitz, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
4
Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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8
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Mandela House and Walter Sisulu Square will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Alice Art Gallery (in Roodepoort), Ukutula Lion Park (in Brits) and Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument, African Battlefields - Private Tours, & more). Spend the 8th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: try your luck at Emperors Palace, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, explore the galleries of Kim Sacks Gallery, and stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip builder .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Emperors Palace, Ukutula Conservation Center, Alice Art Gallery
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

5
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

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.
Head to Namibia Craft Centre and The Grove Mall of Namibiafor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Christuskirche and Rhenish Mission Church. Spend the 16th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers, and tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip planner .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Windhoek in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Windhoek, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rhenish Mission Church
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Safaris
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

2
nights
Luderitz, Namibia

Luderitz ©
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Diaz Point and then explore the fascinating landscape at Agate Beach. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at The Goerke House, then see a world frozen in time at Kolmanskop Ghost Town, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Felsenkirche.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Luderitz trip simple and quick.

Getting from Windhoek to Luderitz by combination of car and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Windhoek in December: high temperatures in Luderitz hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Luderitz

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

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day
Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa

Augrabies Falls National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Augrabies Falls National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Luderitz to Augrabies Falls National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Parks Nature
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Augrabies Falls National Park ©
Augrabies Falls National Park

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