42 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

42 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

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Start: Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
Fly:  14 h
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Durban, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
9
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h
10
Otjiwarongo, Namibia
— 1 night
End: Otjiwarongo, Namibia

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Finders Keepers Market as well as Neighbourgoods Market. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Johannesburg Zoo and Origins Centre Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, admire all the interesting features of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, stop by Art Africa, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip planning website.

Los Roques National Park, Venezuela to Johannesburg is an approximately 34- hour flight. Traveling from Los Roques National Park to Johannesburg, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Johannesburg Zoo ©
Johannesburg Zoo
Origins Centre Museum ©
Origins Centre Museum

4
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Private Kruger Safaris. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, and admire the sheer force of Montrose Falls.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You'll set off for Kruger National Park on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Private Kruger Safaris
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary
Private Kruger Safaris ©
Private Kruger Safaris
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

3
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 8th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You'll set off for Durban on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Tshokwane Picnic Site ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site

5
nights
Durban, South Africa

Durban ©
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.
Dolphin Experience has been added to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy uShaka Marine World and uShaka Wet 'n Wild. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Mile, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, and wander the streets of Mini Town.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Durban attractions app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Durban in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Durban, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
uShaka Wet 'n Wild ©
uShaka Wet 'n Wild
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

5
nights
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds as well as Dolphin Beach. Family-friendly places like Sardinia Bay Beach and Seaview Lion Park will thrill your kids. Spend the 20th (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park, enjoy the sand and surf at King's Beach, look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and try your luck at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth trip site.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in October, with highs in Port Elizabeth at 71°F and lows at 55°F. You will leave for Plettenberg Bay on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dolphin Beach
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach
Seaview Lion Park ©
Seaview Lion Park

4
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
You've now added Offshore Adventures to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Brenton on Sea and Plett Puzzle Park. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Holy Trinity Church, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Birds of Eden, contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave, and do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay journey builder app.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Plett Puzzle Park ©
Plett Puzzle Park

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cali Craft & Gems as well as Redberry Farm. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, stop by Bella-Mia Pottery, stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and contemplate the long history of St Jude's Anglican Church.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You'll set off for Cape Town on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Redberry Farm
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shimansky. Kids will enjoy Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. October in Cape Town sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Namib-Naukluft Park: Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire) and Gobabeb Desert Research Station (in Gobabeb). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune, take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes, take a memorable drive along Kuiseb Pass, and take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Namib-Naukluft Park trip website.

You can fly from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tropic of Capricorn Sign, Kuiseb Pass, Gobabeb Desert Research Station
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Big Daddy Dune ©
Big Daddy Dune
Kuiseb Pass ©
Kuiseb Pass
Gobabeb Desert Research Station ©
Gobabeb Desert Research Station

1
night
Otjiwarongo, Namibia

Otjiwarongo ©
When touring Namibia's famous national parks and reserves, you can opt to base your trip in Otjiwarongo, a laid-back town boasting a number of attractions of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stroll through REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah Conservation Fund. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Africat and then walk around Waterberg National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Otjiwarongo day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Otjiwarongo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in November, with highs in Otjiwarongo at 94°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust ©
REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust
Africat ©
Africat

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