17 days in Namibia Itinerary

17 days in Namibia Itinerary

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17 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  33 h
1
Epupa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 30 min
2
Windhoek
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Etosha National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Otjiwarongo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Swakopmund
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Damaraland
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
7
Sesriem
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23 h
End: Birmingham

2
nights
Epupa

Epupa ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Epupa Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Epupa sightseeing planner.

Birmingham, UK to Epupa is an approximately 33- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central African Time (CAT) is 2 hours. You'll set off for Windhoek on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Epupa

Parks Nature
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Epupa Falls ©
Epupa Falls

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like NamibRand Nature Reserve and Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Namibia, stroll through Deadvlei, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Windhoek trip maker.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Epupa to Windhoek in 16.5 hours. October in Windhoek sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, Deadvlei
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Safaris

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.
On the 8th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha and then make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Etosha National Park road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Etosha National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Etosha ©
Etosha

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah Conservation Fund and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Africat.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Otjiwarongo trip itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from Etosha National Park to Otjiwarongo with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Otjiwarongo are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks Wildlife
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Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Africat ©
Africat

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dune 7 and Food Tours. Step out of Swakopmund with an excursion to Off-Road Tours in Walvis Bay--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, admire the landmark architecture of Hohenzollernhaus, browse for treasures at Peter's Antiques, since 1983, and stop by Kristall Galerie.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Swakopmund vacation site.

Traveling by car from Otjiwarongo to Swakopmund takes 4 hours. Traveling from Otjiwarongo in October, expect nights in Swakopmund to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are cooler, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Safaris
Dune 7 ©
Dune 7
Food Tours

1
night
Damaraland

Damaraland ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Twyfelfontein.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Damaraland itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Damaraland takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sesriem.

Things to do in Damaraland

Historic Sites
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Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein

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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes, take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Dune 45 Sossusvlei and then explore the fascinating landscape at Namib Desert.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sesriem travel planner.

Traveling by car from Damaraland to Sesriem takes 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Namib-Naukluft Park
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Namib Desert ©
Namib Desert
Balloon Rides
Dune 45 Sossusvlei ©
Dune 45 Sossusvlei

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