14 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

14 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa — 6 nights

Mother City

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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town route planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Gaborone.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Gaborone, Botswana — 4 nights

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Mokolodi Nature Reserve. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, let little ones run wild at InPlay, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Fly from Cape Town to Gaborone in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Gaborone, with highs around 94°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Johannesburg.
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
On the 26th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument and then contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then stop by Maboneng Precinct.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Gaborone to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Gaborone in October, you will find days in Johannesburg are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are cooler (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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South Africa travel guide

Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Botswana travel guide

Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.