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 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 Umhlanga Main Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti) and Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane). Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at uShaka Marine World, stroll through Golden Mile, enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Beach, and stop by Awesome Africa.

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit (about 50 minutes away). Spend the 1st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kruger National Park travel route tool.

You can fly from Durban to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly 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 Maboneng Precinct will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, try to win big at Montecasino, and look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, plan for little chillier nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly 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 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 · Nature · Wildlife
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

4.3
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

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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.