19 days in Namibia Itinerary

19 days in Namibia Itinerary

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19 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Swakopmund
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Otjiwarongo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Etosha National Park
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + Shuttle + Drive:  10 h
4
Namib-Naukluft Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Windhoek
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  3 h
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Swakopmund

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.
Visiting Long Beach Leisure Park and Safaris will get you outdoors. Step out of Swakopmund with an excursion to Kayaking & Canoeing in Walvis Bay--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: head off-road at local off-road trails, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Peter's Antiques, take in the waterfront at Swakopmund Jetty, and stop by Karakulia Weavers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Swakopmund itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Swakopmund is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Swakopmund is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, you will find days in Swakopmund are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Long Beach Leisure Park ©
Long Beach Leisure Park
Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cheetah Conservation Fund and Okonjima Game Reserve. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Africat.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Otjiwarongo trip generator.

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Otjiwarongo takes 4 hours. While traveling from Swakopmund, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Otjiwarongo, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Okonjima Game Reserve
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Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Okonjima Game Reserve ©
Okonjima Game Reserve
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Etosha National Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Etosha National Park sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Otjiwarongo to Etosha National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): head outdoors with Deadvlei and then explore the fascinating landscape at Sossusvlei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Namib Desert and then get outside with Dune 45 Sossusvlei.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Namib-Naukluft Park vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Etosha National Park to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Windhoek.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Sossusvlei ©
Sossusvlei
Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Namib Desert ©
Namib Desert

7
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Fish River Canyon Nationalpark. Take a break from Windhoek with a short trip to Gross Barmen Hot Springs in Gross Barmen, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, browse the different shops at Maerua Mall, tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, and admire the striking features of Christuskirche.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek online itinerary creator.

Drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Windhoek in 7 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Windhoek can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gross Barmen Hot Springs, Harnas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis ©
Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis

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