8 days in Johannesburg, Gaborone & Vilanculos Itinerary

8 days in Johannesburg, Gaborone & Vilanculos Itinerary

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Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Gaborone, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
3
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument). Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Emperors Palace, take in the exciting artwork at I was shot in Joburg, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Johannesburg is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in July; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 22°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Emperors Palace
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gaborone vacation planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Gaborone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, you will find days in Gaborone are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Gaborone

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) ©
ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace)
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone

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Vilanculos, Mozambique

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vilanculos road trip planning app.

You can fly from Gaborone to Vilanculos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gaborone in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Vilanculos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing

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