27 days in Namibia, Angola & South Africa Itinerary

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Luanda, Angola
— 3 nights
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Benguela, Angola
— 2 nights
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Namibe, Angola
— 1 night
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Hentiesbaai, Namibia
— 1 day
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 1 night
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Windhoek, Fly to Luderitz
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Luderitz, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Lamberts Bay, South Africa
— 1 night
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West Coast National Park, South Africa
— 1 day
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Luanda, Angola — 3 nights

After decades of conflict, Luanda experienced a massive economic boom at the beginning of the 21st century, making it one of the most developed cities in Africa and a magnet for tourists.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional da Quiçama as well as ULENGO. You'll explore and learn at Fortaleza de Sao Miguel and Museu Nacional da Escravatura. There's more to do: get some jogging in at Avenida 4 de Fevereiro.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Luanda driving holiday planning website.

Newark, USA to Luanda is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Luanda due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Newark in April: high temperatures in Luanda hover around 88°F and lows are around 76°F. On the 24th (Mon), you're off to Benguela.
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Benguela, Angola — 2 nights

Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Populo, kick back and relax at Baia Azul, and then get outside with Praia Da Caotinha.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Benguela attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Luanda to Benguela with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Benguela are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Namibe.
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Namibe, Angola — 1 night

Namibe is the capital city of Namibe Province in modern-day Angola. For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Namibe trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Benguela to Namibe by car takes about 5.5 hours. You'll set off for Etosha National Park on the 27th (Thu).
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Etosha National Park, Namibia — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moringa Waterhole.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Namibe to Etosha National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Damaraland.
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Damaraland, Namibia — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Brandberg Mountain, Messum Crater and Twyfelfontein. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Twyfelfontein, then take in the dramatic natural features at Messum Crater, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brandberg Mountain, and finally see the interesting displays at Damara Living Museum.

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Explore your travel options from Etosha National Park to Damaraland with the Route module. April in Damaraland sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Hentiesbaai.
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Hentiesbaai, Namibia — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Zeila Shipwreck.

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You can drive from Damaraland to Hentiesbaai in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Windhoek.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, then admire the striking features of Christuskirche, and then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Namibia.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip maker site.

You can fly from Hentiesbaai to Windhoek in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to fly to Swakopmund.
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach Leisure Park, then see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at German Evangelical Lutheran Church. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then look for gifts at Die Muschel.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Swakopmund trip builder tool.

Getting from Windhoek to Swakopmund by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 2 nights

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've added Hidden Vlei, Kuiseb Pass, Dorob National Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Kuiseb River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei, explore the fascinating landscape at Namib Desert, then explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes, then cruise along Kuiseb Pass, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Sossusvlei.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Namib-Naukluft Park itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park in 1.5 hours. In May in Namib-Naukluft Park, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 54°F at night. On the 8th (Mon), you'll travel to Luderitz.
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Luderitz, Namibia — 2 nights

Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Agate Beach, get a new perspective on things with Penguin Catamaran Tours, and then get to know the fascinating history of Diaz Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Luderitz day trip app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Namib-Naukluft Park to Luderitz in 8 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in May: highs in Luderitz hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lamberts Bay.
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Lamberts Bay, South Africa — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Bird Island Nature Reserve.

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Drive from Luderitz to Lamberts Bay in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Luderitz to Lamberts Bay is 1 hour. While traveling from Luderitz, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lamberts Bay, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to West Coast National Park.
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West Coast National Park, South Africa — 1 day

Witness the spring blossoms and vivid birdlife in West Coast National Park, among the richest in Western Cape.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve and then explore the striking landscape of West Coast National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the West Coast National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Lamberts Bay to West Coast National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Lamberts Bay in May, plan for slightly colder days in West Coast National Park, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 5 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Platteklip Gorge, Chapman's Peak Drive, Table Mountain, and other attractions. Kids will appreciate attractions like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Get some cultural insight at Robben Island Museum and District Six Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Maclear's Beacon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip builder app.

Getting from West Coast National Park to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. May in Cape Town sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Angola travel guide

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Lookouts · Museums · Biking Trails
Kuwait of Africa
Tourism in Angola thrives as the country's infrastructure develops and attractions are restored following years of internal conflict. Holidays in Angola usually involve at least a little time at the beach, with the Atlantic coastline featuring long stretches of sand, wide estuaries, and small islands close to the main cities. A wealth of national parks shelter a rich array of wildlife, including African icons such as lions, elephants, and leopards, with barely a tourist in sight to disturb the natural order of things.
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Namibia travel guide

4.2
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.
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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.
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