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 30 min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 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:  5 h
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Platteklip Gorge and Abseil Africa. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Town day trip planning website.

Newark, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newark in November: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 76°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at 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, browse the exhibits of Jandreart Studio, and then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Knysna online route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Knysna, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can 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
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, then stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hoedspruit takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Knysna in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hoedspruit, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife 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.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Lone Creek Falls, hike along Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip builder site.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Hoedspruit in November, expect nights in Nelspruit to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are little chillier, around 78°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

Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail, Safaris, Lone Creek Falls
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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): stop by Canerat Crafts, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia journey planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to St Lucia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in St Lucia

Outdoors Parks 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.
For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ngamiland East trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from St Lucia to Ngamiland East with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in November, and nighttime lows around 70°F. On the 26th (Thu), you'll travel to Swakopmund.

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7 and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Swakopmund trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Ngamiland East to Swakopmund by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Ngamiland East in November, plan for much colder days in Swakopmund, with highs around 74°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 55°F. Wrap up 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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