27 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

27 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

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27 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
— 1 day
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
4
St Lucia, South Africa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Graskop, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  13​h 30​min
9
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Milan, Italy

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Twelve Apostles and Victoria Road (M6). Get outdoors at Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island Museum. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary tool .

Milan, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Milan in August, plan for much colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 21°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

3
nights
Knysna, South Africa

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Knysna Lagoon. Get in touch with nature at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre). There's still lots to do: hike along Drupkelders Hiking Trail, explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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1
day
Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, then stroll through Valley of Desolation, and finally examine the collection at The Reinet House.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet trip site .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
Hester Rupert Art Museum ©
Hester Rupert Art Museum

2
nights
St Lucia, South Africa

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and St Lucia Beach. Get outdoors at Saint Lucia Estuary and Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve. When in St Lucia, make a side trip to see Ilala Weavers in Hluhluwe, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Vidal Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Graaff-Reinet to St Lucia takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ilala Weavers
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Cape Vidal Lighthouse ©
Cape Vidal Lighthouse

3
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Whispers and Sudwala Caves. Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. When in Nelspruit, make a side trip to see Safaris in Hazyview, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: look for gifts at Shautany Chocolatiers.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nelspruit trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Nelspruit in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Shautany Chocolatiers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris

2
nights
Graskop, South Africa

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Panorama Route, take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Forest Falls Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Mary Shire Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, and finally don't miss a visit to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Graskop trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Nelspruit to Graskop in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Graskop are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Sabie, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Three Roundavels
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels

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Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Escape the urban bustle at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Kinyonga Reptile Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Safaris. There's still lots to do: get outside with Siyafunda Conservation and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Graskop to Hoedspruit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre ©
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre
Safaris

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nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
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 out of the city life by going to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Bushmans Trail. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Motsana Maun. Get outdoors at Okavango Delta and Walking Stick Travel & Tours.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kruger National Park to Ngamiland East. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kruger National Park in August: highs in Ngamiland East hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
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Okavango Delta ©
Okavango Delta
Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Walking Stick Travel & Tours ©
Walking Stick Travel & Tours

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