19 days in Botswana, Victoria Falls & South Africa Itinerary

19 days in Botswana, Victoria Falls & South Africa Itinerary

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Ngamiland East, Botswana
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Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly to Hendrik Van Eck Airport, Drive to Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Knysna, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly to Durban, Bus to St Lucia
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St Lucia, South Africa
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Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 1 night
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): shop like a local with Motsana Maun.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ngamiland East online visit planner.

Manchester, UK to Ngamiland East is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in April, expect Ngamiland East to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Shopping
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 2 nights
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Prime Art Gallery, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls vacation builder site.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and car from Ngamiland East to Victoria Falls in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 8 nights
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Step off the beaten path and head to Three Roundavels and Safaris. Take a break from the city and head to Wolhuter Wilderness Trail and Echo Caves. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kruger National Park: Hoedspruit (Spas, Tshukudu Game Lodge, &more), Wonder View (in Graskop) and Sabi Sand Game Reserve (in Sabie). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and sample the fine beverages at Qualito Craft Distillery.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Victoria Falls to Kruger National Park. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Knysna.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Knysna, South Africa

— 1 night
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Wilderness National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Knysna road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Knysna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kruger National Park in April: highs in Knysna hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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St Lucia, South Africa

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at St Lucia Beach and then stroll through Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia online visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Knysna to St Lucia in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
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Botswana travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.