32 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

32 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Durban, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Knysna, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Voortrekker Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, try your luck at Montecasino, and stop by Finders Keepers Market.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg journey planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, things will get warmer in Johannesburg: highs are around 33°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
nights
Durban, South Africa

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and Zipline (in Port Shepstone). And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, get your game on at Epic Karting Galleria, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Durban trip planner .

Fly from Johannesburg to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Durban. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, KartingKZN Galleria
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

4
nights
Knysna, South Africa

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Cango Caves (in Oudtshoorn), Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay) and The Crags (Birds of Eden & Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre). Next up on the itinerary: hike along The Dolphin Trail, browse the exhibits of Jandreart Studio, explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Knysna online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Durban to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in December: high temperatures in Knysna hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Plettenberg Bay, Cango Caves
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

6
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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, stroll through Platteklip Gorge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

4
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

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: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, examine the collection at Geological Survey Museum, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Windhoek online trip planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Windhoek in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Fish River Canyon Nationalpark
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Namib-Naukluft Park: Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire) and Gobabeb (Dorob National Park & Gobabeb Desert Research Station). The adventure continues: cruise along Spreetshoogte Pass, explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes, and admire all the interesting features of Kuiseb Pass.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Namib-Naukluft Park fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Windhoek to Namib-Naukluft Park by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Windhoek in January, expect nights in Namib-Naukluft Park to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gobabeb, Kuiseb Pass, Tropic of Capricorn Sign
Highlights from your plan
Dorob National Park ©
Dorob National Park
Gobabeb Desert Research Station ©
Gobabeb Desert Research Station
Kuiseb Pass ©
Kuiseb Pass

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Die Muschel, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Swakopmund trip planner .

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Swakopmund can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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