50 days in Namibia & Cape Town Itinerary

50 days in Namibia & Cape Town Itinerary

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50 days in Namibia & Cape Town Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  4​h
1
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Sesriem, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Ais-Ais, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rosh Pinah, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Luderitz, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Windhoek, Namibia
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Otjiwarongo, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Opuwo, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
9
Tsumkwe, Namibia
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 30​min
10
Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Cape Town, South Africa
— 17 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

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 discover tucked-away gems like Gobabeb Desert Research Station and Kuiseb River. Step out of the city life by going to Dorob National Park and Kuiseb Pass.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park journey planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Namib-Naukluft Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April in Namib-Naukluft Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sesriem.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gobabeb, Kuiseb Pass
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Gobabeb Desert Research Station ©
Gobabeb Desert Research Station
Dorob National Park ©
Dorob National Park
Kuiseb River ©
Kuiseb River

2
nights
Sesriem, Namibia

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 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Namib-Naukluft National Park. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then do a tasting at Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sesriem vacation planner.

Drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ais-Ais.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate
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Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Balloon Rides
Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate ©
Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate

1
night
Ais-Ais, Namibia

Ais-Ais ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Fish River Canyon Nationalpark and then take in breathtaking views at Fish River Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

Planning Ais-Ais trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Drive from Sesriem to Ais-Ais in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Rosh Pinah.

Things to do in Ais-Ais

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Fish River Canyon ©
Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark ©
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark

1
night
Rosh Pinah, Namibia

Rosh Pinah
On the 19th (Fri), examine the collection at Rosh Pinah Geo Centre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rosh Pinah trip planning app .

You can drive from Ais-Ais to Rosh Pinah in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Luderitz.

Things to do in Rosh Pinah

Museums
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2
nights
Luderitz, Namibia

Luderitz ©
Lüderitz tourism centers around its well-preserved colonial Art Nouveau architecture and diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Diaz Point, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Felsenkirche, and then steep yourself in history at The Goerke House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Agate Beach and then see a world frozen in time at Kolmanskop Ghost Town.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Luderitz driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Rosh Pinah to Luderitz by car takes about 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Luderitz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Luderitz

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

8
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

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.
Get some cultural insight at Geological Survey Museum and Trans-Namib Railroad Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Hoanib River. Go for a jaunt from Windhoek to Otjimbingwe to see Rhenish Mission Church about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, get your game on at Archer's Land, and admire the striking features of Christuskirche.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Windhoek online visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Luderitz to Windhoek in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daily temperatures in Windhoek can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Windhoek

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Hoanib River, Rhenish Mission Church
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Hoanib River ©
Hoanib River
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

2
nights
Otjiwarongo, Namibia

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.
On the 30th (Tue), stroll through Cheetah Conservation Fund. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Africat and then stroll through REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Otjiwarongo trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Windhoek to Otjiwarongo takes 3 hours. In April in Otjiwarongo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Opuwo.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks Wildlife
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Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Africat ©
Africat

1
night
Opuwo, Namibia

Opuwo ©
Opuwo is the capital of the Kunene Region in north-western Namibia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Ovahimba Living Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Dessert Elephants Conservation - Kunene Region.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Opuwo journey site .

You can drive from Otjiwarongo to Opuwo in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tsumkwe.

Things to do in Opuwo

Museums Parks Wildlife
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The Ovahimba Living Museum ©
The Ovahimba Living Museum

1
day
Tsumkwe, Namibia

Tsumkwe ©
On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Ju/'Hoansi San Living Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tsumkwe planner .

Traveling by car from Opuwo to Tsumkwe takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Tsumkwe

Museums
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Ju/'Hoansi San Living Museum ©
Ju/'Hoansi San Living Museum

1
night
Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland ©
On the 5th (Sun), examine the collection at Damara Living Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Twyfelfontein. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Messum Crater.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Damaraland online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Tsumkwe to Damaraland takes 9.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Damaraland can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Messum Crater
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Messum Crater ©
Messum Crater
Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein
Damara Living Museum ©
Damara Living Museum

7
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Zeila Shipwreck and German Evangelical Lutheran Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Dolphin & Whale Watching. When in Swakopmund, make a side trip to see Kayaking & Canoeing in Walvis Bay, approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, stroll through Welwitschia Plains, look for gifts at Die Muschel, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Swakopmund trip planner .

Getting from Damaraland to Swakopmund by car takes about 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Damaraland in May: highs in Swakopmund hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Moon Landscape, Zeila Shipwreck
Find places to stay May 6 — 13:
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Safaris
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

17
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach and Voelklip Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to !Khwa ttu and West Coast Fossil Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Hermanus (Grotto Beach, Shark Diving, & more), Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay) and Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, Absolut Art Gallery, & more). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Cape of Good Hope, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cape Town vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Swakopmund to Cape Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Swakopmund in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hermanus, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Pringle Bay Beach, Stony Point Penguin Colony
Find places to stay May 14 — 31:
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Detour Africa ©
Detour Africa
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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