32 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

32 days in South Africa & Botswana Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
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Cape Town, South Africa — 4 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: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, hike along Platteklip Gorge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town attractions planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Cape Town to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Oudtshoorn.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa — 2 nights

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 20th (Mon), Head underground at Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then explore the galleries of Cape Palette Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Farm, then do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, and finally take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hazyview.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Side Trips
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Hazyview, South Africa — 3 nights

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, &more). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, stroll through Elephant Whispers, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hazyview vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Oudtshoorn to Hazyview takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hazyview can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Hoedspruit, South Africa — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Safaris in Phalaborwa (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit visit site.

Drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Kruger National Park.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 5 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.
Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 31st (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park tour builder.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Johannesburg.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
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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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, sightseeing, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, take an in-depth tour of Nelson Mandela Foundation, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, Johannesburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Ngamiland East.
Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 1 night

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
On the 8th (Sat), stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ngamiland East trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect Ngamiland East to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 5 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga, stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park, and admire all the interesting features of Boab Prison Tree.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. You will leave for home on the 13th (Thu).
Parks · Wildlife
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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

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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.