28 days in South Africa, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

28 days in South Africa, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

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28 days in South Africa, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg, Canada
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Durban, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Winnipeg, Canada

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Cape Point and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town route builder tool .

Winnipeg, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Winnipeg to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Winnipeg in July; daily highs in Cape Town reach 20°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

4
nights
Durban, South Africa

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Bring the kids along to uShaka Marine World and Umhlanga Beach. When in Durban, make a side trip to see Mac Nicol's Caravan Park in Sihangwane, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, stop by Awesome Africa, view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, and kick back and relax at Golden Mile.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Durban holiday planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Durban in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, Durban is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, KartingKZN Galleria, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Umhlanga Beach
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uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

6
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.
Spend the 1st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, and hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Durban to Kruger National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Durban in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kruger National Park, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, wildlife, theme parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and take in the exciting artwork at I was shot in Joburg.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Sandton
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Okavango River.

Plan my day in Ngamiland East using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in August, with highs in Ngamiland East at 34°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Okavango River ©
Okavango River

3
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, museums, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, examine the collection at Railway Museum, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and make a trip to Mukuni Village.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Livingstone trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ngamiland East to Livingstone in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Ngamiland East in August, expect nights in Livingstone to be somewhat warmer, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Mukuni Village ©
Mukuni Village

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