31 days in Johannesburg, Botswana & Windhoek Itinerary

31 days in Johannesburg, Botswana & Windhoek Itinerary

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1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 10 nights
2
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
3
Serowe, Botswana
— 1 day
4
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
5
Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
6
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
7
Windhoek, Namibia
— 7 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nan Hua Temple and Liliesleaf. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nizamiye Mosque. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park (in Fourways), Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Pretoria (Union Buildings, Horseback Africa, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Lindfield Victorian House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Regina Mundi, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip app.

Los Angeles, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Johannesburg, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Johannesburg hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish 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, Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park, Nizamiye Mosque, Ukutula Conservation Center
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nan Hua Temple ©
Nan Hua Temple
Horseback Africa ©
Horseback Africa

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Get in touch with nature at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Okavango River. Go for a jaunt from Ngamiland East to Moremi Game Reserve to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve about 1h 35 min away.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ngamiland East travel route planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect Ngamiland East to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish 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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NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust ©
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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Serowe trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ngamiland East to Serowe takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Serowe

Parks Wildlife 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Kubu Island.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Makgadikgadi Pans National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Explore your travel options from Serowe to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with the Route module. 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 ©
On the 8th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nxai Pan National Park planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Nxai Pan National Park. Finish up 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 ©
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Get outdoors at Serondela Reserve and CARACAL Biodiversity Center. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga and walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Nxai Pan National Park to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
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.
Get outdoors at NamibRand Nature Reserve and Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve. Get some historical perspective at Rhenish Mission Church and St Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Take a break from Windhoek with a short trip to Gross Barmen Hot Springs in Gross Barmen, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 15th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Deadvlei, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche, browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, and view the masterpieces at Pure & Simple Art Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Windhoek trip maker website.

Getting from Chobe National Park to Windhoek by flight takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. In August in Windhoek, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rhenish Mission Church, Deadvlei, Gross Barmen Hot Springs
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Safaris
Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei

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