16 days in South Africa, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Sabie, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 1 night

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 6th (Sun), make a trip to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg day trip tool.

Dallas, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Dallas in August, expect Johannesburg to be cooler, temps between 73°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Okavango Delta.
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Okavango Delta, Botswana — 3 nights

Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Step out of Okavango Delta with an excursion to Okavango River in Maun--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of Moremi Wildlife Reserve. There's more to do: stroll through Khwai Concession.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Okavango Delta vacation planning app.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Okavango Delta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect Okavango Delta to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Chobe National Park.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 3 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 1 night

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls attractions planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. August in Victoria Falls sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa

City of Light

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Victoria Falls in August, expect Johannesburg to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 44°F. On the 14th (Mon), you're off to Kruger National Park.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Safaris as well as Kruger National Park. On the 14th (Mon), take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip builder.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, Kruger National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sabie.
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Sabie, South Africa — 2 nights

Sabie is a forestry town situated on the banks of the Sabie River in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Panorama Route, take in the dramatic scenery at Mac Mac Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mary Shire Falls. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window, then explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sabie trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Sabie takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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.
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Botswana travel guide

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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.
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