36 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

36 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Knysna, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 4 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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Voortrekker Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and look for gifts at Jack Friedman Sandton City.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg. When traveling from Amsterdam in November, plan for much warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can fly to Chobe National Park.
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Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 3 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 Savute Reserve, make a trip to Boab Prison Tree, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Ngina Safaris.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Chobe National Park in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.
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Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ngamiland East road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In November, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Gaborone.
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Wildlife · Parks
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Gaborone, Botswana — 3 nights

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Maroon Tours & Safaris, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ the King Cathedral, stop by Botswanacraft, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamia Mosque.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gaborone travel planner.

Fly from Ngamiland East to Gaborone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Ngamiland East, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Gaborone, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Durban.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Durban, South Africa — 3 nights

Surf City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Ballito (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Umgeni River Bird Park, see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World.

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Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Durban takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gaborone in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durban, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly to Knysna.
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Knysna, South Africa — 4 nights

Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Oudtshoorn (Cango Wildlife Ranch & Cango Caves), Tsitsikamma National Park (Waterfall Trail & Bloukrans Bridge) and Plettenberg Bay (Plettenvale Wines & Robberg Nature Reserve). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, indulge in some personalized pampering at Forest Nature Spa, and take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Knysna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, Knysna is little chillier than Durban - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 7 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 in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, hike along Platteklip Gorge, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip builder tool.

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Swakopmund.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 4 nights

Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing, Off-Road Tours, &more) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7, take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Swakopmund online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Swakopmund takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Swakopmund due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Swakopmund are little chillier (27°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Windhoek.
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Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
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Windhoek, Namibia — 5 nights

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Spend the 18th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, admire the striking features of Christuskirche, hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, and sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Windhoek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Swakopmund in December, expect Windhoek to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · 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.
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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.
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Namibia travel guide

4.2
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.
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