28 days in South Africa, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

28 days in South Africa, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, hike along Platteklip Gorge, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip builder site.

Winnipeg, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Winnipeg in July, expect Cape Town to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 26:

Durban, South Africa

— 4 nights

Surf City

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.
Family-friendly places like Shark Diving and Mac Nicol's Caravan Park will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Durban to Amanzimtoti to see KartingKZN Galleria about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Durban trip maker.

Fly from Cape Town to Durban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in July, with highs in Durban at 27°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 6 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.
Spend the 1st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Durban to Kruger National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kruger National Park when traveling from Durban in July, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 5:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Family-friendly places like Apartheid Museum and Nelson Mandela Square will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, try your luck at Montecasino, and look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market.

To find ratings and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Johannesburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Okavango River.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in August; daily highs in Ngamiland East reach 34°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Livingstone, Zambia

— 3 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing, examine the collection at Railway Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Livingstone online trip maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ngamiland East to Livingstone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in August: highs in Livingstone hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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.

Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.