12 days in South Africa, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

12 days in South Africa, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa, Namibia & Botswana Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  19​h 45​min
1
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Hermanus, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1
night
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Oudtshoorn. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in October; daily highs in Oudtshoorn reach 69°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Meiringspoort
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

1
day
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Nelspruit takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Nelspruit: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Nature Parks
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

2
nights
Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, then stroll through Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hermanus day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Hermanus takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hermanus when traveling from Nelspruit in October, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

2
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): do a tasting at High Constantia Wine Cellar, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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night
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft Park ©
One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Kuiseb River and then take a memorable drive along Kuiseb Pass.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Namib-Naukluft Park day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, daily temperatures in Namib-Naukluft Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kuiseb Pass
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Kuiseb River ©
Kuiseb River
Kuiseb Pass ©
Kuiseb Pass

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night
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Okavango Delta. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ngamiland East holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Namib-Naukluft Park to Ngamiland East takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in October, you will find days in Ngamiland East are much warmer (96°F), and nights are a bit warmer (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

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