31 days in Johannesburg, Botswana & Windhoek Itinerary

31 days in Johannesburg, Botswana & Windhoek Itinerary

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31 days in Johannesburg, Botswana & Windhoek Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  26​h
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  7​h 15​min
3
Serowe, Botswana
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Windhoek, Namibia
— 7 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Los Angeles, United States

10
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Nan Hua Temple and Mandela House will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Horseback Africa. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Ukutula Lion Park (in Brits), Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park (in Fourways) and Pretoria (Union Buildings, Melrose House, & more). Spend the 23rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and engage your brain at Origins Centre Museum.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Johannesburg, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Johannesburg are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are colder (40°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pretoria, Hartbeespoort, Ukutula Conservation Center, Liliesleaf, Lesedi Cultural Village
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nan Hua Temple ©
Nan Hua Temple
Horseback Africa ©
Horseback Africa

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Take a break from the city and head to Okavango Delta and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring at Okavango River.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect Ngamiland East to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Serowe.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
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Okavango River ©
Okavango River
Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

1
day
Serowe, Botswana

Serowe ©
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. On the 5th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Khama III Memorial Museum and then stroll through Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Serowe trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ngamiland East to Serowe takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Serowe

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Khama Rhino Sanctuary ©
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Khama III Memorial Museum ©
Khama III Memorial Museum

1
night
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Kubu Island.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Makgadikgadi Pans National Park day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Serowe to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Nxai Pan National Park.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Kubu Island ©
Kubu Island

1
night
Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana

Nxai Pan National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nxai Pan National Park online trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Nxai Pan National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Nxai Pan National Park

Parks Nature
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Baines Baobabs ©
Baines Baobabs

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Get outdoors at Savute Reserve and Nogatsaa and Tchinga. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Serondela Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve
Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve

7
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rhenish Mission Church and Cuno Hoffmeister Memorial Observatory. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fish River Canyon Nationalpark and Gross Barmen Hot Springs. Spend the 15th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, head outdoors with Deadvlei, and examine the collection at National Museum of Namibia.

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You can fly from Chobe National Park to Windhoek in 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fish River Canyon Nationalpark, Gross Barmen Hot Springs, Rhenish Mission Church, Deadvlei
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Fish River Canyon Nationalpark ©
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

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