9 days in Namibia Itinerary

9 days in Namibia Itinerary

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9 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Walvis Bay
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Windhoek
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Etosha National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Shuttle + Drive:  10 h
4
Namib-Naukluft Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  9 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

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 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum and then take a leisurely stroll along Swakopmund Jetty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at National Marine Aquarium of Namibia, admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Walvis Bay holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Walvis Bay is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Western African Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Walvis Bay are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Swakopmund
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Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing
Swakopmund Museum ©
Swakopmund Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for gifts at The Diamond Works, browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, then admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Zoo Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Walvis Bay to Windhoek in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Walvis Bay in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Windhoek: highs are around 38°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

2
nights
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 14th (Thu): make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Etosha National Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Etosha National Park trip builder.

You can fly from Windhoek to Etosha National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Sossusvlei and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Namib Desert. On the next day, head outdoors with Deadvlei.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Etosha National Park to Namib-Naukluft Park in 10 hours. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

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

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