18 days in South Africa, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

18 days in South Africa, Botswana & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Graskop, South Africa
— 1 night
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 1 night
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Musina, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive
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Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Francistown, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Gweta, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 2 nights

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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Alberts Farm, browse the exhibits of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg travel app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Johannesburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Graskop.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Graskop, South Africa — 1 night

Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
On the 19th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Panorama Route and then don't miss a visit to Pilgrims Rest.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Graskop trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Graskop takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Graskop, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Hoedspruit, South Africa — 1 night

Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online travel planner.

Getting from Graskop to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 2 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.
On the 21st (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park attractions tool.

Take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Musina.
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Musina, South Africa — 1 night

Musina or Messina is the northernmost town in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at Mapungubwe Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Musina trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Musina in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Mapungubwe National Park.
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Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa — 2 nights

On the 24th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mapungubwe National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mapungubwe National Park trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Musina to Mapungubwe National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Francistown.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Francistown, Botswana — 1 night

Follow the trail of the 19th-century gold rush to the "Capital of the North," the regional commercial center of Francistown.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Kuminda Farm.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Francistown online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mapungubwe National Park to Francistown takes 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will leave for Gweta on the 26th (Tue).
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Gweta, Botswana — 1 night

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gweta trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Francistown to Gweta takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Okavango Delta.
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Okavango Delta, Botswana — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Okavango Delta trip planner.

You can drive from Gweta to Okavango Delta in 7 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Okavango Delta can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 1 night

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
On the 29th (Fri), stroll through Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.
Parks · Wildlife
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 31st (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls with the Route module. In July in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
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

3.7
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.