30 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia Itinerary

30 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia Itinerary

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Start: Brussels, Belgium
+2
Train + Fly + Drive:  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:  4 h 15 min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Walking tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Safaris. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Victoria Falls is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Victoria Falls is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in September, you will find days in Victoria Falls are much warmer (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Safaris
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©

1
night
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park ©
On the 7th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hwange National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hwange National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Horseback Africa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ukutula Conservation Center and Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Union Buildings & Rietvlei Nature Reserve), Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in Brits) and Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve (in Krugersdorp). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Sterkfontein Cave, explore and take pictures at Vredefort Dome, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and immerse yourself in nature at Alberts Farm.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Johannesburg online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hwange National Park to Johannesburg. Traveling from Hwange National Park in September, expect Johannesburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 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, Vredefort Dome, Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, Sterkfontein Cave
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stony Point Penguin Colony and West Coast National Park. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Grotto Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: The Stellenbosch Village Museum (in Stellenbosch), African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai) and First South African Perfume Museum (in Franschhoek). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, contemplate the long history of Iziko Koopmans-De Wet House, identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

The Stellenbosch Village Museum, West Coast National Park, Bee and Kie, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei, then hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, and finally stop by The Diamond Works. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Windhoek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Windhoek to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Walvis Bay.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then stroll through Dune 7.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Walvis Bay online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Walvis Bay in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Windhoek in September; daily highs in Walvis Bay reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Tours Outdoors 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.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Etosha National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Walvis Bay to Etosha National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife Parks
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust and then stroll through Cheetah Conservation Fund.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Otjiwarongo online attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Etosha National Park to Otjiwarongo with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

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

1
night
Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland ©
On the 27th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Spitzkoppe.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Damaraland vacation planner.

Drive from Otjiwarongo to Damaraland in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sesriem.

Things to do in Damaraland

Outdoors Trails Nature
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. On the 28th (Mon), admire nature's extreme beauty at Dune 45 Sossusvlei and then take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes and then explore the striking landscape of Namib-Naukluft National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sesriem trip maker.

You can drive from Damaraland to Sesriem in 7.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough 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
Elim Dunes ©
Elim Dunes

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