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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (Loftus Park & Voortrekker Monument). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Sandton City, try your luck at Gold Reef City, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, you will find days in Johannesburg are much hotter (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Chobe National Park.
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Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
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Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:

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 take an exotic tour of Ngina Safaris.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chobe National Park trip site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Chobe National Park takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ngamiland East trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In November, daily temperatures in Ngamiland East can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to fly 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: take an exotic tour of Maroon Tours & Safaris, look for gifts at Botswanacraft, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, and don't miss a visit to Matsieng's Footprints.

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You can fly from Ngamiland East to Gaborone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ngamiland East in November, you will find days in Gaborone are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (32°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Durban.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.
Step out of Durban to go to Ballito and see Spas, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World, enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile, and contemplate the long history of The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Durban road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Durban takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Durban when traveling from Gaborone in November, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Knysna.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Tsitsikamma National Park (Waterfall Trail, Suspension Bridge, &more), The Crags (Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary & Birds of Eden) and Oudtshoorn (Cango Wildlife Ranch & Cango Caves). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve and take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Knysna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in November, with highs in Knysna at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to Cape Town.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails
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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 awesome beauty at Lion's Head, stroll through Cape Point, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip maker.

Fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing, Off-Road Tours, &more) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7, and take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Swakopmund day trip planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Swakopmund in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Swakopmund. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: highs in Swakopmund hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Windhoek.
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Tours · Outdoors · 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 much more to do: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove Mall of Namibia, engage your brain at Geological Survey Museum, and look for gifts at Herrle & Herma Jewellers.

Plan trip to Windhoek with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Windhoek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Swakopmund in December; daily highs in Windhoek reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can 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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