3 days in Swakopmund, Namib-Naukluft Park & Etosha National Park Itinerary

3 days in Swakopmund, Namib-Naukluft Park & Etosha National Park Itinerary

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Start: Swakopmund
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Swakopmund
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
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Namib-Naukluft Park
— 1 night
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Drive + Shuttle + Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
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Etosha National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Swakopmund

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Swakopmund

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Long Beach Leisure Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Snake Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at German Evangelical Lutheran Church, and finally stop by Karakulia Weavers.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Swakopmund itinerary planning app.

In May, daily temperatures in Swakopmund can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Namib-Naukluft Park.

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Long Beach Leisure Park
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Long Beach Leisure Park ©
Long Beach Leisure Park
German Evangelical Lutheran Church ©
German Evangelical Lutheran Church
Snake Park ©
Snake Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a memorable drive along Spreetshoogte Pass.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Namib-Naukluft Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Namib-Naukluft Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Etosha National Park.

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Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Spreetshoogte Pass ©
Spreetshoogte Pass

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Etosha National Park day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car, shuttle, and flight from Namib-Naukluft Park to Etosha National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Etosha ©
Etosha