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
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Sesriem, Namibia
— 2 nights


Johannesburg, South Africa — 4 nights

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. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, and look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary builder.

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. In December, Johannesburg is much hotter than Calgary - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Victoria Falls.
Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums · Tours
Side Trips
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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, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls holiday maker tool.

Getting from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, Victoria Falls is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Windhoek.
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.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Namibia travel guide

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.