17 days in Namibia, Johannesburg & Victoria Falls Itinerary

17 days in Namibia, Johannesburg & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
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Sesriem, Namibia
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Pretoria to see Voortrekker Monument about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary website.

Calgary, Canada to Johannesburg is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Calgary to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in December, things will get much warmer in Johannesburg: highs are around 33°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums · Outdoors

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 4 nights
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, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Victoria Falls vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Victoria Falls, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
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Windhoek, Namibia

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Windhoek to Sossusvlei to see Deadvlei about 5h 30 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, and browse the exhibits of Trans-Namib Railroad Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Windhoek driving holiday app.

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Windhoek in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Victoria Falls to Windhoek is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Victoria Falls in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Windhoek, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sesriem.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Sesriem, Namibia

— 2 nights
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Explore Sesriem's surroundings by going to Sossusvlei (Big Daddy Dune & Dune 45 Sossusvlei) and Sossusvlei (in Namib-Naukluft Park). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Namib-Naukluft National Park. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon and explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Sesriem day trip planner.

Drive from Windhoek to Sesriem in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Namibia travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.