29 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

29 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

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29 days in South Africa, Botswana & Namibia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Robertson, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h
10
Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island Museum and District Six Museum. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take a stroll through Bo-kaap, admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect Cape Town to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Robertson.

Things to do in Cape Town

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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

2
nights
Robertson, South Africa

Robertson ©
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, learn about winemaking at Excelsior Wine Estate, then learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, and finally learn about winemaking at Fraai Uitzicht. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Springfield Estate Winery, then learn about winemaking at Esona Boutique Wine Estate, then do a tasting at Bemind Wines, and finally do a tasting at Four Cousins Tasting Room.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Robertson sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Cape Town to Robertson in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Bemind Wines, Drostdy Museum
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Springfield Estate Winery ©
Springfield Estate Winery

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 8th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and then do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Robertson to Oudtshoorn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Doornkraal Padstal
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Doornkraal Padstal ©
Doornkraal Padstal

3
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

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Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

3
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Hazyview (Safaris, The Elephant Sanctuary, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and stop by Africa Joy.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Nelspruit takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Plettenberg Bay, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nelspruit, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hazyview, Africa Joy
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary

4
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site, and trek along Lonely Bull Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

3
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kingfisher Gallery and Amarula Lapa. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Amarula Lapa
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), Union Buildings (in Pretoria) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, stop by Deer Design, and examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg day trip planning app .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Ukutula Conservation Center, Sterkfontein Cave
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

1
night
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In October, Ngamiland East is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 41°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Damaraland.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife
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1
night
Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Messum Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Twyfelfontein.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Damaraland vacation builder .

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Damaraland with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Damaraland

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Messum Crater
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Messum Crater ©
Messum Crater
Twyfelfontein ©
Twyfelfontein

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