30 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia Itinerary

30 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia Itinerary

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30 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h
6
Walvis Bay, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Otjiwarongo, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
10
Sesriem, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

4
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Victoria Falls Snake Park. Escape the urban bustle at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Zipline. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, and stroll through Siduli Hide.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls trip maker website .

Brussels, Belgium to Victoria Falls is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in September, you will find days in Victoria Falls are much warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit warmer (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Safaris

1
night
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Hwange National Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hwange National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. September in Hwange National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hwange National Park ©
Hwange National Park

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as Ukutula Conservation Center and Horseback Africa. Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (Union Buildings & Rietvlei Nature Reserve), Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary (in Hartbeespoort) and Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in Brits). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Sterkfontein Cave, explore the striking landscape at Vredefort Dome, don't miss a visit to Mariaan Kotze Gallery and Art Studio, and admire the engineering at Alberts Farm.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Hwange National Park to Johannesburg with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hwange National Park in September; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 30°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pretoria, Brits, Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, Mariaan Kotze Gallery and Art Studio, Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre ©
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

7
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.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stony Point Penguin Colony and West Coast National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Grotto Beach (in Hermanus), The Stellenbosch Village Museum (in Stellenbosch) and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Helderberg Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, you will find days in Cape Town are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Grotto Beach, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Bee and Kie, First South African Perfume Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

2
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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 21st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, and finally stop by The Diamond Works. On the next day, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Windhoek online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Windhoek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: high temperatures in Windhoek hover around 34°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Walvis Bay.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Deadvlei
Highlights from your plan
Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

2
nights
Walvis Bay, Namibia

A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Walvis Bay itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Walvis Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Windhoek in September: high temperatures in Walvis Bay hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dune 7 ©
Dune 7

1
night
Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park ©
For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stroll through Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Etosha National Park trip builder .

You can fly from Walvis Bay to Etosha National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Etosha ©
Etosha

1
night
Otjiwarongo, Namibia

Otjiwarongo ©
When touring Namibia's famous national parks and reserves, you can opt to base your trip in Otjiwarongo, a laid-back town boasting a number of attractions of its own.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust and then stroll through Cheetah Conservation Fund.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Otjiwarongo road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Etosha National Park to Otjiwarongo. In September, daytime highs in Otjiwarongo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust ©

1
night
Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): trek along Spitzkoppe.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Damaraland online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Otjiwarongo to Damaraland takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Sesriem.

Things to do in Damaraland

Trails Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe

1
night
Sesriem, Namibia

Sesriem ©
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the fascinating landscape at Dune 45 Sossusvlei and then explore the stunning scenery at Sesriem Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes and then explore the fascinating landscape at Namib-Naukluft National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sesriem trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Damaraland to Sesriem takes 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sesriem

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Namib-Naukluft Park
Highlights from your plan
Dune 45 Sossusvlei ©
Dune 45 Sossusvlei
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park
Sesriem Canyon ©
Sesriem Canyon

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