17 days in Namibia, Johannesburg & Victoria Falls Itinerary

17 days in Namibia, Johannesburg & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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17 days in Namibia, Johannesburg & Victoria Falls Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  26​h
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Sesriem, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Calgary, Canada

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg tour itinerary planning site .

Calgary, Canada to Johannesburg is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Calgary to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Calgary in December, with highs in Johannesburg at 33°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument, Emperors Palace
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace

4
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, Victoria Falls is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Zipline
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

3
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

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 museums, parks, wildlife, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Namibia, admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, and hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Windhoek trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Windhoek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Victoria Falls in December since evenings lows in Windhoek dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sesriem.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

2
nights
Sesriem, Namibia

Sesriem ©
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sesriem: Sossusvlei (Big Daddy Dune & Dune 45 Sossusvlei) and Sossusvlei (in Namib-Naukluft Park). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring the stark beauty of Namib-Naukluft National Park. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Sesriem Canyon and explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sesriem trip planner .

Traveling by car from Windhoek to Sesriem takes 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Namib-Naukluft Park
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Sossusvlei ©
Sossusvlei
Big Daddy Dune ©
Big Daddy Dune
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park

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