23 days in Namibia Itinerary

23 days in Namibia Itinerary

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23 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Swakopmund
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Namib-Naukluft Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Sesriem
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Ais-Ais
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Luderitz
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Windhoek
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Etosha National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Otjiwarongo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Damaraland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Paris

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Off-Road Tours, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for gifts at Karakulia Weavers, and snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund road trip planner.

Paris, France to Swakopmund is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Paris to Swakopmund, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Swakopmund is warmer than Paris - with highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Off-Road Tours
Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Namib-Naukluft Park: Gobabeb (Dorob National Park & Gobabeb Desert Research Station). There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon and take a memorable drive along Kuiseb Pass.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park trip builder .

Getting from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Namib-Naukluft Park are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Sesriem.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gobabeb, Kuiseb Pass
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Sesriem Canyon ©
Sesriem Canyon
Dorob National Park ©
Dorob National Park
Gobabeb Desert Research Station ©
Gobabeb Desert Research Station

1
night
Sesriem

Sesriem
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. On the 27th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Namib-Naukluft National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sesriem trip planner.

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ais-Ais.

Things to do in Sesriem

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park

1
day
Ais-Ais

Ais-Ais ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ais-Ais trip maker .

Traveling by car from Sesriem to Ais-Ais takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Ais-Ais

Nature Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Diaz Point and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agate Beach. Keep things going the next day: see a world frozen in time at Kolmanskop Ghost Town and then pause for some serene contemplation at Felsenkirche.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Luderitz road trip planning app .

You can drive from Ais-Ais to Luderitz in 5.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Luderitz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Luderitz

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

4
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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche, tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Archer's Land.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Windhoek trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Luderitz to Windhoek takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Luderitz in December: highs in Windhoek hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
National Museum of Namibia ©
National Museum of Namibia

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.
On the 4th (Sat), stroll through Etosha and then make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Etosha National Park holiday planner .

Fly from Windhoek to Etosha National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Etosha ©
Etosha

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.
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah Conservation Fund and then tour the pleasant surroundings at REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): walk around Waterberg National Park and then stroll through Africat.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Otjiwarongo trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Etosha National Park to Otjiwarongo. In January, daily temperatures in Otjiwarongo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Damaraland.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks Wildlife
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Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Africat ©
Africat

2
nights
Damaraland

Damaraland ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Twyfelfontein. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Spitzkoppe.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Damaraland trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Otjiwarongo to Damaraland in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Damaraland

Trails Nature Parks
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Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein

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