24 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

24 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
2
Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
3
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
4
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
5
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Union Buildings in Pretoria, approximately Pretoria away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, and find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary planning site.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are O R Tambo International and Pilanesberg International Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sandton, Greenstone Mall, Union Buildings
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, buy something for everyone on your list at Sebele Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gaborone trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Gaborone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Gaborone are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are much hotter (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers
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ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) ©
ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace)
Airport Junction ©
Airport Junction
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone

1
night
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
On the 9th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

Before you visit Ngamiland East, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Ngamiland East takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gaborone in December, you will find days in Ngamiland East are little chillier (°C), and nights are colder (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
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NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust ©

3
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, examine the collection at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Windhoek trip planner.

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Windhoek in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ngamiland East in December, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Windhoek. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Deadvlei, Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Safaris

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay to see Kayaking & Canoeing about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Swakopmund Jetty, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and stop by Die Muschel.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund online road trip planner.

Getting from Windhoek to Swakopmund by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Windhoek in December, expect Swakopmund to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Swakopmund Museum ©
Swakopmund Museum
Food Tours

8
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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Cape Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Swakopmund to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 23:
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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