13 days in Namibia Itinerary

13 days in Namibia Itinerary

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13 days in Namibia Itinerary

Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
Swakopmund
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Windhoek
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Etosha National Park
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  10​h
Namib-Naukluft Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
Cape Town

4
days
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Walvis Bay (Walvis Bay Waterfront, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Swakopmund Jetty, see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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Cape Town, 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. Traveling from Cape Town to Swakopmund, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for slightly colder days in Swakopmund, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

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Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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Walvis Bay
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Off-Road & ATV Trails
Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
days
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.
Windhoek is known for sightseeing, museums, wildlife areas, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at NamibRand Nature Reserve, hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, steep yourself in history at Katutura Township, and stop by The Diamond Works.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Swakopmund to Windhoek in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Swakopmund in December, with highs in Windhoek at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Fish River Canyon Nationalpark
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NamibRand Nature Reserve
Safaris
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark

1
day
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 24th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Etosha National Park.

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Fly from Windhoek to Etosha National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Nature Parks

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Etosha National Park
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Etosha National Park

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): head outdoors with Deadvlei and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Sossusvlei. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon and then explore the fascinating landscape at Namib Desert.

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Do a combination of flight and car from Etosha National Park to Namib-Naukluft Park in 10 hours. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

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Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei
Deadvlei
Dune 45 Sossusvlei

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