29 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

29 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Robertson, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 3 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, steep yourself in history at Groot Constantia, and learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planning app.

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. In October, Cape Town is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Robertson.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Wineries
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Robertson, South Africa

— 2 nights
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
On the 6th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then do a tasting at Excelsior Wine Estate, then learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, and finally learn about winemaking at Fraai Uitzicht. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Springfield Estate Winery, then do a tasting at Esona Boutique Wine Estate, then learn about winemaking at Bemind Wines, and finally do a tasting at Four Cousins Tasting Room.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Robertson journey planning tool.

Drive from Cape Town to Robertson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Robertson sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): Head underground at Cango Caves, explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and then do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip tool.

Traveling by car from Robertson to Oudtshoorn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

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Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Nelspruit, South Africa

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Hazyview (Safaris, The Elephant Sanctuary, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Africa Joy, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Nelspruit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nelspruit: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 3 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Get a sense of the local culture at Amarula Lapa and iNyoka Art Gallery. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit road trip planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Union Buildings (in Pretoria), Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, stop by Deer Design by Jess, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

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Getting from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 1 night
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

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Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, expect Ngamiland East to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Damaraland.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks
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Damaraland, Namibia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Messum Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Twyfelfontein.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Damaraland online holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Damaraland. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Damaraland

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.

Namibia travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.