28 days in South Africa, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

28 days in South Africa, Botswana & Zambia Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Durban, South Africa
— 4 nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 6 nights
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone
Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights


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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape Point and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip site.

Winnipeg, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Winnipeg in July, expect Cape Town to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Durban.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Durban, South Africa — 4 nights

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Family-friendly places like Shark Diving and Umhlanga Main Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, stop by Awesome Africa, browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Durban is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks
Side Trips
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 1st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kruger National Park travel route tool.

You can fly from Durban to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kruger National Park when traveling from Durban in July, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Johannesburg.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, try to win big at Gold Reef City, view the masterpieces at I was shot in Joburg, and don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To find ratings and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Johannesburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Ngamiland East.
Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks
Side Trip
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 2 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Okavango River.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in August; daily highs in Ngamiland East reach 34°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Livingstone.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Livingstone, Zambia — 3 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, examine the collection at Railway Museum, explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing, and get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Livingstone online trip maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ngamiland East to Livingstone in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in August: highs in Livingstone hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Side Trip
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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.

Zambia travel guide

Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.