8 days in Johannesburg, Gaborone & Vilanculos Itinerary

8 days in Johannesburg, Gaborone & Vilanculos Itinerary

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8 days in Johannesburg, Gaborone & Vilanculos Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument). Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Emperors Palace, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg vacation planning tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Johannesburg is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Johannesburg, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get colder in Johannesburg: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gaborone.

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Pretoria, Sandton, Emperors Palace
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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.
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 see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gaborone trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Gaborone in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gaborone, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Vilanculos tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Gaborone to Vilanculos in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Gaborone in July, plan for little chillier nights in Vilanculos, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Machilla Magic ©
Machilla Magic

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