40 days in Namibia Itinerary

40 days in Namibia Itinerary

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40 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Windhoek
— 8 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Etosha National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Khorixas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Otjiwarongo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Luderitz
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Fish River Region
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 45 min
7
Keetmanshoop
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
8
Sesriem
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Namib-Naukluft Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Swakopmund
— 9 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

8
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.
Windhoek is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Namibia.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek tour itinerary builder.

Cape Town, South Africa to Windhoek is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Museums Wildlife Parks
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National Museum of Namibia ©
National Museum of Namibia
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

3
nights
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.
Etosha National Park is known for parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole and stroll through Etosha.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Etosha National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Windhoek to Etosha National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off to Khorixas.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Etosha ©
Etosha

3
nights
Khorixas

Khorixas ©
Khorixas is a town of 6,000 inhabitants in southern Kunene Region, Namibia. Get out of town with these interesting Khorixas side-trips: Damaraland (Damara Living Museum & Twyfelfontein) and Burnt Mountain (in Kamanjab). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Petrified Forest, get engrossed in the history at Experience Darama Culture Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Burnt Mountain.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Khorixas trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Etosha National Park to Khorixas. You will leave for Otjiwarongo on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Khorixas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Damaraland, Burnt Mountain
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Organ Pipes ©
Organ Pipes
Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein
Damara Living Museum ©
Damara Living Museum

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Otjiwarongo: Omaruru (Kristall Kellerei & Erongo Mountain Winery). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah Conservation Fund and stroll around Waterberg National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Otjiwarongo road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Khorixas to Otjiwarongo takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Omaruru
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Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust ©
Erongo Mountain Winery ©
Erongo Mountain Winery

3
nights
Luderitz

Luderitz ©
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Luderitz is known for historic sites, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a world frozen in time at Kolmanskop Ghost Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Agate Beach, enjoy the sea views from Diaz Point, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Felsenkirche.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Luderitz online journey builder.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Otjiwarongo to Luderitz in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Otjiwarongo in July: highs in Luderitz hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 12th (Sun), you're off to Fish River Region.

Things to do in Luderitz

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kolmanskop Ghost Town ©
Kolmanskop Ghost Town
Diaz Point ©
Diaz Point
Felsenkirche ©
Felsenkirche

2
nights
Fish River Region

Fish River Region ©
The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): walk around /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon.

Plan trip to Fish River Region with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Luderitz to Fish River Region in 4 hours. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to Keetmanshoop.

Things to do in Fish River Region

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Fish River Canyon ©
Fish River Canyon

2
nights
Keetmanshoop

Keetmanshoop ©
Keetmanshoop is a city in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia, lying on the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Upington in South Africa. On the 15th (Wed), see human ingenuity at work at Naute Dam. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground and then walk around Garas Park Rest Camp.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Keetmanshoop trip app.

You can take a train from Fish River Region to Keetmanshoop in 6 hours. July in Keetmanshoop sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sesriem.

Things to do in Keetmanshoop

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Garas Park Rest Camp ©
Garas Park Rest Camp
Naute Dam ©
Naute Dam

1
night
Sesriem

Sesriem
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Namib-Naukluft National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sesriem trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Keetmanshoop to Sesriem in 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks Nature Tours
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Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Balloon Rides

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Namib-Naukluft Park: Dorob National Park (in Gobabeb) and Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune, explore the stunning scenery at Sesriem Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes, and take a memorable drive along Kuiseb Pass.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Namib-Naukluft Park driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Sesriem to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dorob National Park, Tropic of Capricorn Sign, Kuiseb Pass
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Big Daddy Dune ©
Big Daddy Dune
Dorob National Park ©
Dorob National Park
Kuiseb Pass ©
Kuiseb Pass

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland) and Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing, Walvis Bay Waterfront, &more). There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for gifts at Die Muschel.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Swakopmund trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Swakopmund can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Moon Landscape, Spitzkoppe
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Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Off-Road Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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