32 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

32 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
3
Hazyview, South Africa
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip maker site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, things will get slightly colder in Cape Town: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

2
nights
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn ©
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.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, cruise along Swartberg Pass, and then view the masterpieces at Cape Palette Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trips

De Rust, Cape Palette Art Gallery
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
nights
Hazyview, South Africa

Hazyview ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, & more). There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Elephant Whispers, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hazyview holiday planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to Hazyview in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline
Safaris

4
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Safaris in Phalaborwa (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get outside with Siyafunda Conservation.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Safaris
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

5
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
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 31st (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail, trek along Lonely Bull Trail, and steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kruger National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, historic sites, theme parks, wildlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, get engrossed in the history at Nelson Mandela Foundation, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and try your luck at Montecasino.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, Johannesburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

1
night
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Ngamiland East sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in August: high temperatures in Ngamiland East hover around 34°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife
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5
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, outdoors, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve, explore the activities along Linyanti River, walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park, and make a trip to Boab Prison Tree, Kasane.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chobe National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

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

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