24 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

24 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Sandton City.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg vacation website.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are O R Tambo International and Pilanesberg International Airport. November in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sandton, Greenstone Mall, Union Buildings
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

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), don't miss a visit to Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers, stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ the King Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, 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 (44°C), and nights are much hotter (44°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)
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone
Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church

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 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gaborone in December, you will find days in Ngamiland East are little chillier (39°C), and nights are colder (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife Parks
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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 see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Windhoek trip planner.

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Windhoek in 7 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 20°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

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

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: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach Leisure Park, take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty, and stop by Die Muschel.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund online road trip planner.

Getting from Windhoek to Swakopmund by combination of flight and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Windhoek in December, expect Swakopmund to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 17°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 Wildlife

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Food Tours
Safaris

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: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, visit Abseil Africa, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

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

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Cape Town takes 3.5 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 30°C during the day and 18°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
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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