20 days in Pretoria, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

20 days in Pretoria, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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Pretoria, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive to Walvis Bay, Fly to Etosha National Park
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Pretoria, South Africa

— 6 nights
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Family-friendly places like Apartheid Museum and Safaris will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Pretoria: Johannesburg (Bag Factory Artist Studios, Johannesburg Zoo, &more), Blue Ocean VR (in Bedfordview) and Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park (in Hartbeespoort). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lion and Safari Park, appreciate the history behind Statue of Nelson Mandela, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, and browse the collection at National Library of South Africa.

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Johannesburg to Pretoria is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, expect nights in Pretoria to be somewhat warmer, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums · Casinos

Side Trips

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Swakopmund, Namibia

— 4 nights
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 Safaris and Off-Road Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Swakopmund to go to Walvis Bay and see Kayaking & Canoeing, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Swakopmund Jetty, stop by Die Muschel, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach Leisure Park, and meet the residents at National Marin Aquarium of Namibia.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Pretoria to Swakopmund takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pretoria to Swakopmund. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Damaraland, Namibia

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

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

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Damaraland takes 6.5 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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Etosha National Park, Namibia

— 1 night
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.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, 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 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife · Parks
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Windhoek, Namibia

— 3 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Christuskirche and Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis. Change things up with a short trip to Deadvlei in Sossusvlei (about 5h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and take in the local highlights with Nande Explorer Cultural Township Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Windhoek route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Etosha National Park to Windhoek. June in Windhoek sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 2 nights
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.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chobe National Park holiday planner.

You can fly from Windhoek to Chobe National Park in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Windhoek to Chobe National Park is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
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Okavango Delta, Botswana

— 2 nights
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.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, 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

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Namibia travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.

Botswana travel guide

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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.