18 days in Victoria Falls, Botswana & South Africa Itinerary

18 days in Victoria Falls, Botswana & South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in Victoria Falls, Botswana & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  32​h
1
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Hazyview, South Africa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Gansbaai, South Africa
— 1 night
+4
Taxi + Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  31​h
End: Seattle, United States

1
night
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shockwave Adventures, Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Devil's Pool. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Pool, relax and float downstream with Shockwave Adventures, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Victoria Falls trip itinerary builder tool .

Seattle, USA to Victoria Falls is an approximately 32-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Victoria Falls, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in August, Victoria Falls is a bit cooler at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Devil's Pool
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Shockwave Adventures ©
Shockwave Adventures
Devil's Pool ©
Devil's Pool

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night
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Okavango Delta.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Victoria Falls to Ngamiland East takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In August in Ngamiland East, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife
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1
night
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Ngamiland East to Johannesburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, Johannesburg is slightly colder than Ngamiland East - with highs of 73°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Ukuthula Designs in Hoedspruit (about 1h 20 min away). It doesn't end there: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail and stroll through Lonely Bull Trail.

To plan Kruger National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

2
nights
Hazyview, South Africa

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hazyview trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Hazyview takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Get outdoors at Cape of Good Hope and Maclear's Beacon. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum, do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Hazyview to Cape Town by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hazyview in September, things will get little chillier in Cape Town: highs are around 68°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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night
Gansbaai, South Africa

Gansbaai ©
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
White Shark Diving Company has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): kick back and relax at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, meet some fierce fish with White Shark Diving Company, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gansbaai trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Gansbaai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Gansbaai sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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White Shark Diving Company ©
White Shark Diving Company

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