27 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

27 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
— 1 day
Bus to Port Elizabeth, Fly to St Lucia
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St Lucia, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Graskop, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visiting Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Platteklip Gorge and Twelve Apostles. Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, look for gifts at The African Music Store, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Cape Town is 1 hour. Expect colder weather when traveling from Milan in August: highs in Cape Town hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
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Knysna, South Africa

— 3 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Get in touch with nature at Garden Route National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. When in Knysna, make a side trip to see Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary in The Crags, approximately The Crags away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Drupkelders Hiking Trail, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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) to allow time to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

— 1 day
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.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, and finally see the interesting displays at The Reinet House.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet holiday builder site.

Drive from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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St Lucia, South Africa

— 2 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Ilala Weavers. Take a break from the city and head to Saint Lucia Estuary and St Lucia Beach. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve and enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St Lucia travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Graaff-Reinet to St Lucia in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Nelspruit, South Africa

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Whispers and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Shautany Chocolatiers. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nelspruit vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from St Lucia to Nelspruit in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Graskop.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Graskop, South Africa

— 2 nights
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Start 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. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Forest Falls Nature Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mary Shire Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Graskop online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Graskop takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Graskop, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Siyafunda Conservation. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit day trip site.

Drive from Graskop to Hoedspruit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 4 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as Bushmans Trail and Masorini Archaeological Site. The adventure continues: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park visit planning app.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step off the beaten path and head to NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. It doesn't end there: shop like a local with Motsana Maun.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ngamiland East tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Kruger National Park to Ngamiland East with the Route module. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, you will find days in Ngamiland East are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

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South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Botswana travel guide

3.7
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.