20 days in Pretoria, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

20 days in Pretoria, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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20 days in Pretoria, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Train:  45 min
1
Pretoria, South Africa
— 6 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  4 h
2
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h
4
Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

6
nights
Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Family-friendly places like National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and Johannesburg Zoo will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Pretoria: Johannesburg (Bag Factory Artist Studios, Apartheid Museum, &more), Blue Ocean VR (in Bedfordview) and Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park (in Hartbeespoort). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monte casino bird park, see the interesting displays at Kruger House Museum, and browse the collection at National Library of South Africa.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pretoria holiday planning app.

Johannesburg to Pretoria is an approximately 1- hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Pretoria: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Johannesburg, Sandton, Lion and Safari Park, Blue Ocean VR, Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Johannesburg Zoo ©
Johannesburg Zoo

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.
Attractions like National Marin Aquarium of Namibia and Long Beach Leisure Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Swakopmund's surroundings by going to Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stop by Die Muschel, snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, and make a trip to Hohenzollernhaus.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Pretoria to Swakopmund takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Pretoria in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Swakopmund, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Safaris
National Marin Aquarium of Namibia ©
National Marin Aquarium of Namibia
Long Beach Leisure Park ©
Long Beach Leisure Park

1
night
Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brandberg Mountain.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Damaraland road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Damaraland takes 3 hours. When traveling from Swakopmund in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Damaraland, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks Nature
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Brandberg Mountain ©
Brandberg Mountain

1
night
Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park ©
For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll through Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Etosha National Park trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Damaraland to Etosha National Park takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Etosha ©
Etosha

3
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 historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche, browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Windhoek trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Etosha National Park to Windhoek by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Safaris
Geological Survey Museum ©
Geological Survey Museum
Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
On the 30th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park and then stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chobe National Park holiday planner.

You can fly from Windhoek to Chobe National Park in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

2
nights
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta ©
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Okavango Delta trip builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Okavango Delta. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

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