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
— 6 nights
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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 Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip site.

Winnipeg, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 26-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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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 uShaka Marine World will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery, stroll through Golden Mile, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Beach.

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

Fly from Cape Town to Durban in 3.5 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 catch the flight 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. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Durban to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in July, Kruger National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · 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 South African National Museum of Military History will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, 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 2.5 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 fly to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · 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 5 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
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, examine the collection at Railway Museum, explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing, and browse the exhibits of 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 6 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

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.