32 days in South Africa, Namibia & Gaborone Itinerary

32 days in South Africa, Namibia & Gaborone Itinerary

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Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 1 night
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Pretoria, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
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Durban, South Africa
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Windhoek, Namibia

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche, and then play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, then hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hoanib River.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Windhoek tour builder tool.

Montreal, Canada to Windhoek is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Montreal in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Windhoek, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Parks · Nature · Golf · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for gifts at Kristall Galerie, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund trip planning site.

Getting from Windhoek to Swakopmund by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In September, Swakopmund is a bit cooler than Windhoek - with highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Cape Town, South Africa

— 4 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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip builder site.

Getting from Swakopmund to Cape Town by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. September in Cape Town sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:

Stellenbosch, South Africa

— 3 nights

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Change things up with these side-trips from Stellenbosch: Hermanus (Hermanus Cliff Path & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Franschhoek Pass) and Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant (in Botrivier). Dedicate the 10th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Spier Wine Farm.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Stellenbosch holiday planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Mossel Bay, South Africa

— 2 nights

Bay of Attraction

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Shark Lab, then examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and finally walk around Harry Giddy Park. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at ReedValley, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then get engrossed in the history at Janine Iron and Washing Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mossel Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Mossel Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Mossel Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wineries
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

— 2 nights

Windy City

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip planner.

You can drive from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Pretoria, South Africa

— 3 nights
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pretoria: Johannesburg (Safaris, Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, &more) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, see the interesting displays at Kruger House Museum, browse the collection at National Library of South Africa, and steep yourself in history at Union Buildings.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pretoria day trip planning site.

You can fly from Port Elizabeth to Pretoria in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Port Elizabeth in September since evenings lows in Pretoria dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Pretoria

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 6 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kruger National Park: Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa) and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre (in Hoedspruit). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 22nd (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and walk around Nkuhlu Picnic Site.

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

Traveling by flight from Pretoria to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pretoria in September, you will find days in Kruger National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:

Gaborone, Botswana

— 1 night
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Balaji Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then get a sense of history and politics at National Assembly Building, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone.

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Drive from Kruger National Park to Gaborone in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Kruger National Park in September, Gaborone is much warmer at night with lows of 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Durban, South Africa

— 4 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.
When in Durban, make a side trip to see The Shell Shop in Scottburgh, approximately Scottburgh away. And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, stroll around Umgeni River Bird Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World, and admire the architecture and history at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Durban trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Gaborone to Durban in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Gaborone in September, plan for little chillier days in Durban, with highs around 30°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Namibia travel guide

4.1
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.

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.