23 days in Namibia Itinerary

23 days in Namibia Itinerary

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Windhoek
— 4 nights
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Fish River Region
— 2 nights
Fly to Eros, Drive to Sesriem
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Sesriem
— 1 night
Drive
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Namib-Naukluft Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Damaraland
— 3 nights
Drive to Walvis Bay, Fly to Etosha National Park
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Etosha National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Otjiwarongo
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund
— 6 nights
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Windhoek

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 8th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, examine the collection at National Museum of Namibia, and play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Windhoek vacation maker app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Windhoek is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in May: highs in Windhoek hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fish River Region.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Fish River Region

— 2 nights
The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll around /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fish River Region route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Fish River Region takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sesriem.

Things to do in Fish River Region

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Sesriem

— 1 night
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. On the 13th (Thu), explore the fascinating landscape at Namib-Naukluft National Park.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Fish River Region to Sesriem takes 13.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:
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Namib-Naukluft Park

— 3 nights
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 Gobabeb Desert Research Station in Gobabeb, approximately Gobabeb away. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes, and explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Namib-Naukluft Park online tour planner.

You can drive from Sesriem to Namib-Naukluft Park in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Namib-Naukluft Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Damaraland.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Damaraland

— 3 nights
Take a break from Damaraland with a short trip to Burnt Mountain in Khorixas, about 1h 30 min away.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Damaraland online day trip planner.

You can drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Damaraland in 4 hours. While traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Damaraland, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Etosha National Park

— 1 night
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 20th (Thu): stroll through Etosha and then make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Etosha National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Damaraland to Etosha National Park takes 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Otjiwarongo

— 2 nights
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 21st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah Conservation Fund. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Africat and then stroll around Waterberg National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Otjiwarongo trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Etosha National Park to Otjiwarongo. In May, daytime highs in Otjiwarongo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Swakopmund

— 6 nights
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 (Kayaking & Canoeing, Walvis Bay Waterfront, &more). And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll through Dune 7, take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty, and examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Swakopmund vacation website.

Getting from Otjiwarongo to Swakopmund by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. May in Swakopmund sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 28:

Namibia travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.