44 days in Namibia Itinerary

44 days in Namibia Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  36 h
1
Waterberg Plateau Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Otjiwarongo
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Luderitz
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Windhoek
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h
5
Walvis Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
6
Sesriem
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
7
Damaraland
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
8
Opuwo
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h 15 min
9
Tsumkwe
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 45 min
10
Rundu
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
11
Fish River Region
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
12
Namib-Naukluft Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  34 h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Waterberg Plateau Park

Waterberg Plateau Park ©
Explore hidden gems such as Okonjima Game Reserve and Waterburg Plateau Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Waterberg Plateau Park day trip planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Waterberg Plateau Park is an approximately 36- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Waterberg Plateau Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: highs in Waterberg Plateau Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 54°F. You'll set off for Otjiwarongo on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Waterberg Plateau Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Waterburg Plateau Park
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Okonjima Game Reserve ©
Okonjima Game Reserve
Waterburg Plateau Park ©
Waterburg Plateau Park

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hoba Meteorite as well as Rock Engravings at Peet Alberts Koppie. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dinosaur Tracks - National Monument NAMIBIA and Tikoloshe Afrika. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kristall Kellerei and Erongo Mountain Winery. Explore Otjiwarongo's surroundings by going to Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo Cultural Village (in Tsumeb) and Mundulea Nature Reserve (in Otavi). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cheetah Conservation Fund.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Otjiwarongo trip planner.

Drive from Waterberg Plateau Park to Otjiwarongo in 2.5 hours. May in Otjiwarongo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Omaruru, Hoba Meteorite, Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo Cultural Village, Mundulea Nature Reserve, Rock Engravings at Peet Alberts Koppie
Find places to stay May 5 — 9:
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REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust ©
REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust
Erongo Mountain Winery ©
Erongo Mountain Winery
Hoba Meteorite ©
Hoba Meteorite

4
nights
Luderitz

Luderitz ©
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kolmanskop Ghost Town and Felsenkirche. Visiting Wild Horses of the Namib and Garub Pan will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Diaz Point and enjoy the sand and surf at Agate Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Luderitz trip planning site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Otjiwarongo to Luderitz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Otjiwarongo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Luderitz, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Aus
Find places to stay May 9 — 13:
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Kolmanskop Ghost Town ©
Kolmanskop Ghost Town
Felsenkirche ©
Felsenkirche
Diaz Point ©
Diaz Point

8
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.
Step out of the city life by going to NamibRand Nature Reserve and Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis. Get a sense of the local culture at Christuskirche and National Museum of Namibia. When in Windhoek, make a side trip to see Gross Barmen Hot Springs in Gross Barmen, approximately Gross Barmen away. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, learn more about the world around you at Geological Survey Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Windhoek holiday site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Luderitz to Windhoek in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Luderitz in May, expect nights in Windhoek to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Walvis Bay.

Things to do in Windhoek

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, Gross Barmen Hot Springs
Find places to stay May 13 — 21:
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Safaris
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche

4
nights
Walvis Bay

A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
You've now added Dune 7 to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Snake Park. Get in touch with nature at Long Beach Leisure Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Walvis Bay: Zeila Shipwreck (in Hentiesbaai) and Swakopmund (Safaris & German Evangelical Lutheran Church). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus, and browse for treasures at Peter's Antiques, since 1983.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Walvis Bay travel tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Walvis Bay in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. May in Walvis Bay sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sesriem.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Swakopmund, Zeila Shipwreck
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Long Beach Leisure Park ©
Long Beach Leisure Park
Safaris

3
nights
Sesriem

Sesriem
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate and Balloon Rides. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Namib-Naukluft National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sesriem vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Walvis Bay to Sesriem takes 10.5 hours. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to Damaraland.

Things to do in Sesriem

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate ©
Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Damaraland

Damaraland ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spitzkoppe as well as Twyfelfontein. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Cross and Messum Crater. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brandberg Mountain and Damara Living Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Burnt Mountain in Khorixas (about 1h 40 min away).

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Damaraland trip maker.

You can drive from Sesriem to Damaraland in 7.5 hours. In May in Damaraland, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Opuwo.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Cross, Burnt Mountain, Messum Crater
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein
Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Brandberg Mountain ©
Brandberg Mountain

2
nights
Opuwo

Opuwo ©
Opuwo is the capital of the Kunene Region in north-western Namibia. The Ovahimba Living Museum has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of The Ovahimba Living Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Opuwo trip builder tool.

Getting from Damaraland to Opuwo by car takes about 7 hours. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll travel to Tsumkwe.

Things to do in Opuwo

Museums
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
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The Ovahimba Living Museum ©
The Ovahimba Living Museum

2
nights
Tsumkwe

Tsumkwe ©
Ju/'Hoansi San Living Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ju/'Hoansi San Living Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tsumkwe travel route builder website.

You can drive from Opuwo to Tsumkwe in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rundu.

Things to do in Tsumkwe

Museums Shopping
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Ju/'Hoansi San Living Museum ©
Ju/'Hoansi San Living Museum

2
nights
Rundu

Rundu ©
Rundu is the capital of the Kavango-East Region, northern Namibia, on the border with Angola on the banks of the Kavango River about 1000m above sea level. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mbunza Living Museum. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by FAWENA Kavango Basket Shop and then get a new perspective on nature at Mbunza Living Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rundu trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tsumkwe to Rundu takes 9 hours. In June in Rundu, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 7th (Sun), you'll travel to Fish River Region.

Things to do in Rundu

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:
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Mbunza Living Museum ©
Mbunza Living Museum

2
nights
Fish River Region

Fish River Region ©
The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground as well as Fish River Canyon. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground, then stroll through /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, and then explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Fish River Region trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Rundu to Fish River Region takes 8.5 hours. On the 9th (Tue), you're off to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Fish River Region

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Fish River Canyon ©
Fish River Canyon
Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground
Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dorob National Park, Sossusvlei and Namib Desert.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Namib-Naukluft Park trip maker tool.

Getting from Fish River Region to Namib-Naukluft Park by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. You will leave for home on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dorob National Park
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Sossusvlei ©
Sossusvlei
Dorob National Park ©
Dorob National Park
Namib Desert ©
Namib Desert

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