16 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

16 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Knysna, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
5
St Lucia, South Africa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11 h
6
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 day
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Newark, United States

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Platteklip Gorge and Fish Hoek Beach. Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Abseil Africa. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning site.

Newark, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in November, expect Cape Town to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
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.
On the 19th (Thu), stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, then take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Knysna road trip planning app.

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in November, you will find days in Knysna are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

2
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Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

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Fly from Knysna to Hoedspruit in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Knysna in November, you will find days in Hoedspruit are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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2
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, then hike along Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit vacation builder app.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. When traveling from Hoedspruit in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Nelspruit, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Safaris, Lone Creek Falls, Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail
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Safaris
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls

1
night
St Lucia, South Africa

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for gifts at Canerat Crafts, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our St Lucia tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to St Lucia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in St Lucia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Canerat Crafts ©
Canerat Crafts

1
day
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from St Lucia to Ngamiland East. In November, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. You'll set off for Swakopmund on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Dune 7 and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Swakopmund holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Ngamiland East to Swakopmund takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect colder weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in November: highs in Swakopmund hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dune 7 ©
Dune 7

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