30 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia Itinerary

30 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Drive to Victoria Falls International Airport, Fly to OR Tambo International Airport
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Walvis Bay, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive
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Otjiwarongo, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive
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Sesriem, Namibia
— 1 night
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 4 nights
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Escape the urban bustle at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Walking tours. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls trip itinerary builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Victoria Falls is an approximately 17-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Victoria Falls due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Brussels in September: highs in Victoria Falls hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

— 1 night
On the 7th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hwange National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hwange National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Nature · Parks
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ukutula Conservation Center and Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve (in Krugersdorp), Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Pretoria (Union Buildings, Horseback Africa, &more). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Mariaan Kotze Gallery and Art Studio, immerse yourself in nature at Alberts Farm, and admire all the interesting features of Vredefort Dome.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Johannesburg online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hwange National Park to Johannesburg. Traveling from Hwange National Park in September, expect Johannesburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stony Point Penguin Colony and Helderberg Nature Reserve. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and West Coast National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: The Stellenbosch Village Museum (in Stellenbosch), African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai) and Grotto Beach (in Hermanus). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, contemplate the long history of Iziko Koopmans-De Wet House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 20:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 2 nights
Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei, then hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, and finally stop by The Diamond Works. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see reviews and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Windhoek takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Windhoek to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Walvis Bay.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Walvis Bay, Namibia

— 2 nights
A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
On the 23rd (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then stroll through Dune 7.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Walvis Bay online trip builder.

You can fly from Windhoek to Walvis Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Windhoek in September; daily highs in Walvis Bay reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Etosha National Park, Namibia

— 1 night
For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stroll through Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Etosha National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Walvis Bay to Etosha National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Otjiwarongo, Namibia

— 1 night
When touring Namibia's famous national parks and reserves, you can opt to base your trip in Otjiwarongo, a laid-back town boasting a number of attractions of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust and then stroll through Cheetah Conservation Fund.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Otjiwarongo online attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Etosha National Park to Otjiwarongo with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Damaraland, Namibia

— 1 night
On the 27th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Spitzkoppe.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Damaraland vacation planner.

Drive from Otjiwarongo to Damaraland in 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sesriem.

Things to do in Damaraland

Nature · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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Sesriem, Namibia

— 1 night
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. On the 28th (Mon), admire nature's extreme beauty at Dune 45 Sossusvlei and then take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes and then explore the striking landscape of Namib-Naukluft National Park.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sesriem trip maker.

You can drive from Damaraland to Sesriem in 15.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sesriem

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

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.

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.