27 days in Namibia Itinerary

27 days in Namibia Itinerary

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27 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Sesriem
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Ais-Ais
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Keetmanshoop
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Luderitz
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Windhoek
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Katima Mulilo
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Etosha National Park
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  7​h
8
Damaraland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Swakopmund
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Walvis Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Sesriem

Sesriem ©
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Get out of town with these interesting Sesriem side-trips: Sossusvlei (Big Daddy Dune & Dune 45 Sossusvlei) and Sossusvlei (in Namib-Naukluft Park). Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring the stark beauty of Namib-Naukluft National Park. There's more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sesriem trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sesriem is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Ais-Ais.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

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

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Ais-Ais

Ais-Ais ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fish River Canyon Nationalpark and then take in breathtaking views at Fish River Canyon.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ais-Ais trip planner .

You can drive from Sesriem to Ais-Ais in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Keetmanshoop.

Things to do in Ais-Ais

Parks Nature
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Fish River Canyon ©
Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark ©
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark

2
nights
Keetmanshoop

Keetmanshoop
Keetmanshoop is a city in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia, lying on the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Upington in South Africa. On the 14th (Sat), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, then admire the engineering at Naute Dam, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Garas Park Rest Camp.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Keetmanshoop vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Ais-Ais to Keetmanshoop takes 3 hours. December in Keetmanshoop sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Luderitz.

Things to do in Keetmanshoop

Parks Fun & Games Nature
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Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery ©
Garas Park Rest Camp ©
Garas Park Rest Camp

2
nights
Luderitz

Luderitz ©
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Diaz Point, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Felsenkirche, and then see the interesting displays at Luderitz Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Goerke House, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kolmanskop Ghost Town, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Agate Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Luderitz trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Keetmanshoop to Luderitz in 5 hours. Traveling from Keetmanshoop in December, expect nights in Luderitz to be little chillier, around 17°C, while days are much colder, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kolmanskop Ghost Town ©
Kolmanskop Ghost Town
Agate Beach ©
Agate Beach
Diaz Point ©
Diaz Point

6
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.
Spend the 19th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Deadvlei, tour the pleasant surroundings at Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, admire the striking features of Christuskirche, and hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Windhoek online itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Luderitz to Windhoek in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luderitz in December, you will find days in Windhoek are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Katima Mulilo.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

1
night
Katima Mulilo

Katima Mulilo ©
Katima Mulilo is a town situated in the Caprivi strip and is the capital of the Zambezi Region, Namibia's far northeast extension into central Southern Africa. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): head off the coast to Impalila Island.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Katima Mulilo trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Windhoek to Katima Mulilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Katima Mulilo

Parks Nature
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Impalila Island ©
Impalila Island

1
day
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 25th (Wed), stroll through Etosha Pan and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Etosha National Park trip planning app .

Fly from Katima Mulilo to Etosha National Park in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Damaraland.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Etosha ©
Etosha

1
night
Damaraland

Damaraland ©
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Damara Living Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Twyfelfontein. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brandberg Mountain.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Damaraland online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Etosha National Park to Damaraland takes 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks Nature Museums
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Brandberg Mountain ©
Brandberg Mountain
Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein
Damara Living Museum ©
Damara Living Museum

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Zeila Shipwreck in Hentiesbaai (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at National Marine Aquarium of Namibia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Welwitschia Plains, and stop by Die Muschel.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Swakopmund driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Damaraland to Swakopmund in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Walvis Bay.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Zeila Shipwreck, Moon Landscape
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Welwitschia Plains ©
Welwitschia Plains

2
nights
Walvis Bay

A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Walvis Bay Waterfront, walk around Long Beach Leisure Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Walvis Bay day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. In January, daily temperatures in Walvis Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dune 7 ©
Dune 7

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