38 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

38 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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38 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Knysna, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Durban, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (Union Buildings & National Library of South Africa) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, try your luck at Montecasino, and find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

For traveler tips and tourist information, use the Johannesburg online trip itinerary planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. In April, Johannesburg is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Montecasino, Ukutula Conservation Center
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

7
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, admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planning website .

Fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cape Town are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Apr 24 — May 1:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

4
nights
Knysna, South Africa

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Cango Caves (in Oudtshoorn), Plettenberg Bay (St. Christopher Catholic Church & Robberg Nature Reserve) and Birds of Eden (in The Crags). Next up on the itinerary: hike along The Dolphin Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and take in the views from Suspension Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip builder app .

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Knysna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River bridge, The Dolphin Trail, Cango Caves
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

4
nights
Durban, South Africa

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach (in Margate) and Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane). There's still lots to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, stop by Awesome Africa, try your luck at Giba Gorge Horse Trails, and have some family-friendly fun at Epic Karting Galleria.

Discover how to plan a Durban trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Durban takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Knysna in May, with highs in Durban at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach, Epic Karting Galleria
Find places to stay May 5 — 9:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, theme parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Airport Junction, and stroll through Khwai Concession.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gaborone day trip website .

You can fly from Durban to Gaborone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durban in May: highs in Gaborone hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Khwai Concession
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
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ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone
Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church
Christ the King Cathedral ©
Christ the King Cathedral

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East trip planner.

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Gaborone in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ngamiland East, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
On the 15th (Fri), stroll through Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park and then stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chobe National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) 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

3
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.
Windhoek is known for historic sites, museums, parks, wildlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Plan a Windhoek trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Windhoek in 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Windhoek can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Fish River Canyon Nationalpark
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis ©
Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche

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nights
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft Park ©
One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Namib-Naukluft Park: Gobabeb (Dorob National Park & Gobabeb Desert Research Station). There's more to do: cruise along Spreetshoogte Pass and admire all the interesting features of Kuiseb Pass.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Namib-Naukluft Park trip builder app .

Getting from Windhoek to Namib-Naukluft Park by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gobabeb, Kuiseb Pass
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Dorob National Park ©
Dorob National Park
Gobabeb Desert Research Station ©
Gobabeb Desert Research Station
Spreetshoogte Pass ©
Spreetshoogte Pass

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nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund ©
Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland) and Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Hohenzollernhaus, and kick back and relax at Long Beach Leisure Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Swakopmund trip planning tool .

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Spitzkoppe
Find places to stay May 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours

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