22 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Gansbaai, South Africa
— 1 night
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights


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: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gansbaai.
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Gansbaai, South Africa — 1 night

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

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Getting from Cape Town to Gansbaai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Gansbaai, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Oudtshoorn.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa — 2 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass.

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You can fly from Gansbaai to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kruger National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · 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: Kumbaya Home Decor (in Hoedspruit) and Kruger National Park (in Nelspruit). Spend the 18th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail and trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

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Fly from Oudtshoorn to Kruger National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Oudtshoorn, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Johannesburg.
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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.
Spend the 22nd (Fri) trying your luck at Gold Reef City. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg tour planner.

Fly from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ngamiland East.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 4 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Take a break from Ngamiland East with a short trip to Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 26th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring at Okavango River. There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on Safari Specialists.

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Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in October, with highs in Ngamiland East at 41°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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.