38 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

38 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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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
Fly:  1 h 30 min
9
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 5 nights
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Pretoria (Union Buildings & National Library of South Africa) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and laugh and play at Gold Reef City.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in April: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 28°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Ukutula Conservation Center, Montecasino
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and stroll through Clifton Beaches.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Birds of Eden (in The Crags), Plettenberg Bay (St. Christopher Catholic Church & Robberg Nature Reserve) and Cango Caves (in Oudtshoorn). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Dolphin Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Knysna trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Cape Town to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River bridge, Cango Caves
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

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.
Explore Durban's surroundings by going to Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti). There's still lots to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, and look for gifts at Awesome Africa.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Durban trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Durban takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Knysna in May, with highs in Durban at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, KartingKZN Galleria
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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.
Step out of Gaborone to go to Moremi Game Reserve and see Khwai Concession, which is approximately 9 hours away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace), browse the different shops at Sebele Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Gaborone day trip planning tool.

Fly from Durban to Gaborone in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in May: highs in Gaborone hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Khwai Concession
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
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ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) ©
ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace)
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone
Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East day trip planning tool.

Fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Gaborone, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Ngamiland East, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park online road trip planner.

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time 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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and see the interesting displays at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Windhoek day trip planning site.

Fly from Chobe National Park to Windhoek in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Chobe National Park to Windhoek, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Windhoek, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Safaris
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche

3
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: don't miss a visit to Spreetshoogte Pass and admire all the interesting features of Kuiseb Pass.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Namib-Naukluft Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Namib-Naukluft Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 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
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus, and enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach Leisure Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Swakopmund trip planner.

You can drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund in 1.5 hours. In May in Swakopmund, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Spitzkoppe
Find places to stay May 22 — 27:
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Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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