27 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

27 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  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
Drive + 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.
Visiting Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Twelve Apostles and Victoria Road (M6). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, look for gifts at The African Music Store, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner.

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 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 travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden Route National Park and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Get in touch with nature at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. When in Knysna, make a side trip to see Jukani Wildlife 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.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 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

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
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 maps, traveler tips, more things to do, 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

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Saint Lucia Estuary and St Lucia Beach. Step out of St Lucia with an excursion to Ilala Weavers in Hluhluwe--about 1h 05 min away. It doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Vidal Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our St Lucia trip maker.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Graaff-Reinet to St Lucia in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Whispers and Safaris. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sudwala Caves and Shautany Chocolatiers. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Nelspruit in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. 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

Side Trips

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

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.
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.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Graskop online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Graskop takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. 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

Side Trips

Sabie, Three Roundavels, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Wonder View ©
Wonder View

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Siyafunda Conservation. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kinyonga Reptile Center, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Graskop to Hoedspruit in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Safaris

4
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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, and trek along Bushmans Trail.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough 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

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
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 Walking Stick Travel & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Motsana Maun.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ngamiland East trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kruger National Park to Ngamiland East. When traveling from Kruger National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Ngamiland East, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
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NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust ©
NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust
Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Walking Stick Travel & Tours ©
Walking Stick Travel & Tours

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