13 days in Namibia Itinerary

13 days in Namibia Itinerary

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13 days in Namibia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  31​h
1
Swakopmund
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Damaraland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
3
Etosha National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Windhoek
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Charlotte

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Walvis Bay Waterfront, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, admire the landmark architecture of Hohenzollernhaus, snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, and browse for treasures at Peter's Antiques, since 1983.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund route planner.

Charlotte, USA to Swakopmund is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Swakopmund is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Safaris
Swakopmund Museum ©
Swakopmund Museum

2
nights
Damaraland

Damaraland ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Twyfelfontein. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Messum Crater.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Damaraland road trip website .

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Damaraland takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Messum Crater
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Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein
Messum Crater ©
Messum Crater

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Etosha National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Damaraland to Etosha National Park takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Etosha ©
Etosha

3
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 museums, parks, wildlife, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei, browse the different shops at The Grove Mall of Namibia, examine the collection at National Museum of Namibia, and admire the striking features of Christuskirche.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Windhoek vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Etosha National Park to Windhoek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. October in Windhoek sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

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