20 days in Namibia Itinerary

20 days in Namibia Itinerary

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20 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Swakopmund
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Namib-Naukluft Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Sesriem
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 30​min
4
Aus
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Windhoek
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Otjiwarongo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Waterberg Plateau Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Milan

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Moon Landscape. Discover out-of-the-way places like Long Beach Leisure Park and Dune 7. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, admire the landmark architecture of Hohenzollernhaus, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Swakopmund travel planner.

Milan, Italy to Swakopmund is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Swakopmund due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in August, things will get little chillier in Swakopmund: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Spitzkoppe, Moon Landscape
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Long Beach Leisure Park ©
Long Beach Leisure Park
Moon Landscape ©
Moon Landscape

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Spreetshoogte Pass and Sesriem Canyon. Explore hidden gems such as Kuiseb Pass and Kuiseb River.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Namib-Naukluft Park online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Namib-Naukluft Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Sesriem.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Kuiseb Pass
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Spreetshoogte Pass ©
Spreetshoogte Pass
Kuiseb Pass ©
Kuiseb Pass
Kuiseb River ©
Kuiseb River

1
night
Sesriem

Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. On the 4th (Wed), soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sesriem online holiday planner .

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Aus.

Things to do in Sesriem

Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides

1
day
Aus

Aus ©
Aus is a settlement in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stroll through Wild Horses of the Namib.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aus trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Sesriem to Aus by car takes about 11.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Aus

Wildlife Parks
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Wild Horses of the Namib ©
Wild Horses of the Namib

4
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.
Get outdoors at Fish River Canyon Nationalpark and Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis. Discover out-of-the-way places like NamibRand Nature Reserve and Katutura Township. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, browse the different shops at The Grove Mall of Namibia, and stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Windhoek route tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Aus to Windhoek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Windhoek, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust and then stroll through Cheetah Conservation Fund. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Namibia (SWA) Gemstones and then stroll through Africat.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Otjiwarongo itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Windhoek to Otjiwarongo in 3 hours. When traveling from Windhoek in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Otjiwarongo, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waterberg Plateau Park.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Namibia (SWA) Gemstones
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REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust ©
Africat ©
Africat
Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund

1
night
Waterberg Plateau Park

Waterberg Plateau Park ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Okonjima Game Reserve.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Waterberg Plateau Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Otjiwarongo to Waterberg Plateau Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waterberg Plateau Park

Wildlife Parks
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Okonjima Game Reserve ©
Okonjima Game Reserve

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