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 15 min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Durban, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Knysna, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
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.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, and look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg online attractions 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, expect Johannesburg to be much warmer, temps between 33°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

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: Zipline (in Port Shepstone) and Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Awesome Africa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, and explore the galleries of Makiwa Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Durban sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Durban dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, KartingKZN Galleria, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park
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.
Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to The Crags (Birds of Eden & Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre), Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay) and Cango Caves (in Oudtshoorn). There's much more to do: hike along The Dolphin Trail, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and stroll through Knysna Elephant Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Knysna trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Durban to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, Knysna is a bit cooler than Durban - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park, 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: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planning tool .

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough 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
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: tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, get curious at Geological Survey Museum, explore the striking landscape of Fish River Canyon Nationalpark, and tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

Make your Windhoek itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Cape Town to Windhoek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in January, expect nights in Windhoek to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Namib-Naukluft Park: Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire) and Gobabeb (Dorob National Park & Gobabeb Desert Research Station). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Spreetshoogte Pass, cruise along Kuiseb Pass, and take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Namib-Naukluft Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. While traveling from Windhoek, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Namib-Naukluft Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gobabeb, Tropic of Capricorn Sign, Kuiseb Pass
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.
Explore Swakopmund's surroundings by going to Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, and look for gifts at Die Muschel.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Swakopmund visit website .

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Swakopmund are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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