19 days in Namibia Itinerary

19 days in Namibia Itinerary

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19 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Namib-Naukluft Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Swakopmund
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Damaraland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Otjiwarongo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Etosha National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
6
Ais-Ais
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Luderitz
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Windhoek
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Namib-Naukluft Park

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.
When in Namib-Naukluft Park, make a side trip to see Dorob National Park in Gobabeb, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon and take a memorable drive along Kuiseb Pass.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park travel itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Namib-Naukluft Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Namib-Naukluft Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dorob National Park, Kuiseb Pass
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Sesriem Canyon ©
Sesriem Canyon
Dorob National Park ©
Dorob National Park
Kuiseb Pass ©
Kuiseb Pass

5
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Walvis Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Off-Road Tours, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Welwitschia Plains, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, and take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Swakopmund travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Damaraland

Damaraland ©
On the 28th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Twyfelfontein. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Spitzkoppe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Damaraland day trip planning app .

You can drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein
Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe

2
nights
Otjiwarongo

Otjiwarongo ©
When touring Namibia's famous national parks and reserves, you can opt to base your trip in Otjiwarongo, a laid-back town boasting a number of attractions of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah Conservation Fund and then stroll through REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Waterberg National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Africat.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Otjiwarongo journey website .

Getting from Damaraland to Otjiwarongo by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Otjiwarongo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Africat ©
Africat

1
night
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 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha and then make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Etosha National Park road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Otjiwarongo to Etosha National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Ais-Ais.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Etosha ©
Etosha

1
day
Ais-Ais

Ais-Ais ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Fish River Canyon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ais-Ais driving holiday planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Etosha National Park to Ais-Ais. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Ais-Ais

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Fish River Canyon ©
Fish River Canyon

2
nights
Luderitz

Luderitz ©
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Diaz Point and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agate Beach. On the next day, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kolmanskop Ghost Town and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Felsenkirche.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Luderitz day trip planning app .

Drive from Ais-Ais to Luderitz in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Kolmanskop Ghost Town ©
Kolmanskop Ghost Town
Agate Beach ©
Agate Beach
Diaz Point ©
Diaz Point

3
nights
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.
Windhoek is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Christuskirche, look for gifts at Herrle & Herma Jewellers, tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Luderitz to Windhoek in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Luderitz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Safaris
Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve ©
Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve

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