18 days in Namibia & South Africa Itinerary

18 days in Namibia & South Africa Itinerary

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Windhoek, Namibia
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Walvis Bay, Namibia
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Windhoek, Namibia — 1 night

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.
On the 18th (Sat), tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Windhoek is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, things will get much warmer in Windhoek: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Walvis Bay.
Parks · Golf · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Walvis Bay, Namibia — 2 nights

A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
On the 19th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch all the local highlights with Mola Mola Safaris and then stroll through Dune 7.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Walvis Bay day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Walvis Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Windhoek in December, things will get little chillier in Walvis Bay: highs are around 27°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Cape Town, South Africa — 8 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. Robben Island Museum and Bo-kaap are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get a new perspective on things with Cape Capers Tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Walvis Bay to Cape Town. The time zone difference when traveling from Walvis Bay to Cape Town is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Durban.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Durban, South Africa — 1 night

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): cool off at uShaka Marine World and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Durban road trip tool.

Getting from Cape Town to Durban by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Durban hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Johannesburg.
Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Parks · Tours
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 5 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.
Apartheid Museum and Maboneng Precinct are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mandela House and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Pack the 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, indulge your taste buds at Time Anchor Distillery, and try your luck at Montecasino.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Durban in December since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks
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.

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.