29 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

29 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Gansbaai, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Phalaborwa, South Africa
— 1 night
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Point and Abseil Africa. And it doesn't end there: trek along Platteklip Gorge, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take some stellar pictures from Maclear's Beacon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in April; daily highs in Cape Town reach 28°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 27:

Gansbaai, South Africa

— 2 nights
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
On the 28th (Tue), trek along Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Betty's Bay Main Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pringle Bay Beach.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gansbaai road trip planning app.

Drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Gansbaai can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

— 4 nights
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Get outdoors at Birds of Eden and Waterfall Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree & Suspension Bridge), Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Gansbaai to Plettenberg Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. April in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

— 3 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Visiting Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: Wilderness (Kaaiman's River & Wilderness Beach), Dutch Reformed Mother Church (in George) and Meiringspoort (in De Rust). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, and relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn road trip tool.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Oudtshoorn, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. Spend the 8th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park journey builder.

You can fly from Oudtshoorn to Kruger National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Phalaborwa.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 11:

Phalaborwa, South Africa

— 1 night
Phalaborwa is a town situated in the Mopani District Municipality, Limpopo province, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Amarula Lapa and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Phalaborwa online attractions planner.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Phalaborwa in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Phalaborwa

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Hazyview, South Africa

— 3 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Visiting Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre will get you outdoors. Step out of Hazyview to go to Nelspruit and see Sudwala Caves, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and stroll through Elephant Whispers.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Hazyview trip planner.

You can drive from Phalaborwa to Hazyview in 2.5 hours. In May in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Durban, South Africa

— 3 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.
Visit Zinkwazi Beach and Willard Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti) and Holla Trails (in Ballito). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Main Beach.

Discover how to plan a Durban trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Hazyview to Durban by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hazyview in May, with highs in Durban at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 1 night
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
On the 19th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Ngamiland East trip maker.

Getting from Durban to Ngamiland East by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ngamiland East when traveling from Durban in May, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

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.