21 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

21 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 1 night
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and then learn insider's secrets on Time Anchor Distillery. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Bag Factory Artist Studios, then examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and finally try your luck at Montecasino.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg online holiday planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bilbao to Johannesburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bilbao in July, you will find days in Johannesburg are little chillier (22°C), and nights are colder (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly to Kruger National Park.

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 4 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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail, hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, things will get a bit warmer in Kruger National Park: highs are around 26°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 2 nights
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.
On the 17th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and then look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife
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Hazyview, South Africa

— 2 nights
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 19th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Katundo Leather Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Elephant Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hazyview road trip site.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hazyview are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

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Durban, South Africa

— 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Wed), browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Durban holiday planning tool.

Fly from Hazyview to Durban in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Durban when traveling from Hazyview in July, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Namib-Naukluft Park.

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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tropic of Capricorn Sign (in Solitaire) and Gobabeb (Dorob National Park & Gobabeb Desert Research Station). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune and make a trip to Kuiseb Pass.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Namib-Naukluft Park trip planner.

You can fly from Durban to Namib-Naukluft Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Durban in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Namib-Naukluft Park, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 5 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: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and look for all kinds of wild species at Platteklip Gorge.

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Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Cape Town by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in July, expect Cape Town to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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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.

Namibia travel guide

4.2
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.