33 days in Africa Itinerary

33 days in Africa Itinerary

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33 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Canberra, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Livingstone, Zambia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Nata, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Maun, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Kongola, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Livingstone, Zambia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
10
Winterton, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Ladysmith, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
15
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
16
Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
17
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Canberra, Australia


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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.
For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary builder.

Canberra, Australia to Johannesburg is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Canberra to Johannesburg, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in June; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 21°C and lows reach 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Livingstone.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping
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1
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Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Livingstone itinerary builder.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Livingstone in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, expect Livingstone to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nata.
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Mukuni Village ©
Mukuni Village

1
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Nata, Botswana

Nata
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Nata Bird Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Nata itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Livingstone to Nata takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maun.

Things to do in Nata

Parks Wildlife
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Nata Bird Sanctuary
Nata Bird Sanctuary

1
night
Maun, Botswana

Maun
Spread out along the broad banks of the Thamalakane River, Maun retains an old world feel in spite of modern developments: sleek shopping malls and bank headquarters blend with rural huts, while cattle graze on the fertile riverside fields.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, stop by Motsana, and then stop by General Trading Company.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Maun custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nata to Maun takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Maun

Shopping
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Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta ©
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): snap pictures at Khwai River Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Okavango Delta trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Maun to Okavango Delta with the Route module. In June, daytime highs in Okavango Delta are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You will leave for Kongola on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks Wildlife
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

1
night
Kongola, Namibia

Kongola ©
Kongola is a village and the district capital of the Kongola Constituency in Namibia's Caprivi Strip. To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kongola travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okavango Delta to Kongola. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Okavango Delta to Kongola due to the time zone difference. In June in Kongola, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Kongola

Shopping
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Mashi Crafts ©
Mashi Crafts

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Savute Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nogatsaa and Tchinga, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Serondela Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chobe National Park vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kongola to Chobe National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kongola to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve
Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga

1
night
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
On the 29th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Livingstone itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Livingstone with the Route module. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Livingstone

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing
Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum

1
night
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Livingstone to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Livingstone in June; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 21°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Winterton.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping
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44 Stanley ©
44 Stanley

2
nights
Winterton, South Africa

Winterton ©
Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the awesome beauty at Drakensberg Mountains, and then see the interesting displays at Winterton Museum. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Abingdon Wine Estate, then look for gifts at Piggly Wiggly, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally look for gifts at The Wine Cellar.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Winterton sightseeing planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Winterton by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Mon) before leaving for Ladysmith.

Things to do in Winterton

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nottingham Road, Zipline, Drakensberg Mountains, The Wine Cellar
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Drakensberg Mountains ©
Drakensberg Mountains
Zipline
Piggly Wiggly Country Village ©
Piggly Wiggly Country Village

3
nights
Ladysmith, South Africa

Ladysmith ©
Ladysmith is a town in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fugitive's Drift and Spion Kop Battlefield. Step off the beaten path and head to Isandlwana Battlefield and Nambiti Game Reservve. Explore Ladysmith's surroundings by going to Dundee (Safaris, Blood River Battlefield, & more). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Spioenkop Battlefield and contemplate the long history of Elandslaagte Battlefield Memorial.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ladysmith trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Winterton to Ladysmith by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Ladysmith

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dundee, Fugitive's Drift, Isandlwana Battlefield
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Isandlwana Battlefield ©
Isandlwana Battlefield
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve ©
Talana Museum ©
Talana Museum

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nights
Durban, South Africa

Durban ©
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.
On the 6th (Thu), examine the collection at Natural Science Museum, examine the collection at Phansi Museum, then contemplate the long history of The Old Fort, then enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile, and finally take a stroll through Indian Quarter. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at African Art Centre, then browse the different shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, and finally admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Durban trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ladysmith to Durban takes 2.5 hours. In July in Durban, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Umhlanga Rocks
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile
Gateway Theatre of Shopping ©
Gateway Theatre of Shopping

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, steep yourself in history at Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of No 7 Castle Hill Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, and finally try your luck at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth travel itinerary creator.

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Durban in July; daily highs in Port Elizabeth reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Fun & Games Historic Sites Casinos
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Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial ©
Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial
No 7 Castle Hill Museum ©
No 7 Castle Hill Museum
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists ©

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Brenton on Sea and Garden Route National Park. Holy Trinity Church and Nelson Bay Cave will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna (Bollard Bay, Metelerkamps, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Porcupine Ceramincs, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay tour planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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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.
On the 13th (Thu), learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines, learn about winemaking at Boplaas Wines, then look for all kinds of wild species at Meerkat Magic, and finally relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Cali Craft & Gems, identify plant and animal life at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort Pass, then stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Meiringspoort, Dutch Reformed Mother Church, La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

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Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 15th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, learn about winemaking at Stark-Conde Wines, then relax in the rural setting at Boschendal Manor & Winery, then stop by DV Artisan Chocolate, and finally look for gifts at Slow Market Stellenbosch.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Stellenbosch holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Stellenbosch takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

DV Artisan Chocolate, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Stark-Conde Wines ©
Stark-Conde Wines
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve ©
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach and Robben Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Biscuit Mill and Groot Constantia. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park) and Cape Point (in Simon's Town). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, browse the different shops at Canal Walk Shopping Centre, stop by Original T Bag Designs, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Cape Town in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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