22 days in Namibia, South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

22 days in Namibia, South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

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Fly to Walvis Bay Airport, Drive to Namib-Naukluft Park
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 4 nights

One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Namib-Naukluft Park: Gobabeb (Gobabeb Desert Research Station & Dorob National Park). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Kuiseb Pass and explore and take pictures at Spreetshoogte Pass.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Namib-Naukluft Park route tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Namib-Naukluft Park is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Namib-Naukluft Park: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Cape Town.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Cape Town, South Africa — 6 nights

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: get great views at Cape Point, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Namib-Naukluft Park to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park to Cape Town is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kruger National Park: Kruger National Park (in Nelspruit) and Kumbaya Home Decor (in Hoedspruit). Spend the 19th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park attractions planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Johannesburg.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 3 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.
Pack the 23rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and browse the exhibits of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg route builder.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ngamiland East.
Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 3 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
When in Ngamiland East, make a side trip to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve, approximately Moremi Game Reserve away. Spend the 27th (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring at Okavango River.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ngamiland East online trip maker.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in October: high temperatures in Ngamiland East hover around 41°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Namibia travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.

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

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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.