16 days in South Africa, Mauritius & Francistown Itinerary

16 days in South Africa, Mauritius & Francistown Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa, Mauritius & Francistown Itinerary

Start: Harare, Zimbabwe
Drive:  12​h
1
Pretoria, South Africa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Pointe d'Esny, Mauritius
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
La Gaulette, Mauritius
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Trou aux Biches, Mauritius
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Riviere du Rempart, Mauritius
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Francistown, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Harare, Zimbabwe


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1
night
Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pretoria road trip planning website .

Harare, Zimbabwe to Pretoria is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Harare, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pretoria, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. You will leave for Pointe d'Esny on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Pretoria

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
Pointe d'Esny, Mauritius

Pointe d'Esny ©
On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at La Cambuse Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Montagne du Lion.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pointe d'Esny trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pretoria to Pointe d'Esny. The time zone difference when traveling from Pretoria to Pointe d'Esny is 2 hours. Traveling from Pretoria in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Pointe d'Esny. On the 29th (Wed), you're off toLa Gaulette.

Things to do in Pointe d'Esny

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

La Cambuse Beach
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La Cambuse Beach ©
La Cambuse Beach

2
nights
La Gaulette, Mauritius

La Gaulette ©
Protruding out towards the ocean and nestled among the mangrove tress, a holiday to La Gaulette strikes a balance traditional fishing village and a tourist-friendly surfing spot.
On the 29th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at La Vallee des Couleurs, delve into the lush surroundings at Ebony Forest Chamarel, and then contemplate the long history of The Martello Tower Museum. On your second day here, stop by Rhumerie de Chamarel, don't miss a visit to Seven Colored Earths, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Le Dernier Comptoir.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Gaulette trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Pointe d'Esny to La Gaulette takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in La Gaulette can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Trou aux Biches.

Things to do in La Gaulette

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Chamarel, Le Dernier Comptoir, La Vallee des Couleurs, The Martello Tower Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ebony Forest Reserve ©
Ebony Forest Reserve
La Vallee des Couleurs ©
La Vallee des Couleurs

3
nights
Trou aux Biches, Mauritius

Trou aux Biches ©
Named the world's leading beach destination at the World Travel Awards in 2011, Trou aux Biches ranks among the most beautiful resorts on the island of Mauritius.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de Trou aux Biches. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pointe aux Piments Public Beach and Studio 44 Mauritius. Step out of Trou aux Biches to go to Albion and see Albion Lighthouse, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bain Boeuf Public Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Choisy Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Trou aux Biches trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Gaulette to Trou aux Biches takes an hour. December in Trou aux Biches sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. You'll set off for Riviere du Rempart on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Trou aux Biches

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Studio 44 Mauritius, Mont Choisy Beach, Pointe aux Piments Public Beach, Albion Lighthouse, Bain Boeuf Public Beach
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Mont Choisy Beach ©
Mont Choisy Beach
Plage de Trou aux Biches ©
Plage de Trou aux Biches
Bain Boeuf Public Beach ©
Bain Boeuf Public Beach

3
nights
Riviere du Rempart, Mauritius

Located in the northeast of Mauritius, Riviere du Rempart is a popular holiday destination for families and single travelers looking for a relaxing beach getaway.
Visiting Bras d'Eau Public Beach and Pointe Bernache will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Grand Gaube Beach and Post Lafayette Beach. Go for a jaunt from Riviere du Rempart to Belle Mare to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Island Wings Mauritius, look for gifts at Marche de Goodlands, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sagar Shiv Mandir.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Riviere du Rempart online driving holiday planner .

Riviere du Rempart is just a stone's throw from Trou aux Biches. In December, daily temperatures in Riviere du Rempart can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Riviere du Rempart

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Poste Lafayette, Grand Gaube, Sagar Shiv Mandir, Marche de Goodlands, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bras d'Eau Public Beach ©
Bras d'Eau Public Beach
Grand Gaube Beach ©
Grand Gaube Beach

3
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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.
On the 7th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Market on Main. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg route maker app .

Explore your travel options from Riviere du Rempart to Johannesburg with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Riviere du Rempart to Johannesburg is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Riviere du Rempart in December, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Johannesburg. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Francistown.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Sandton City Shopping Centre
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Neighbourgoods Market ©
Neighbourgoods Market
Sandton City Shopping Centre ©
Sandton City Shopping Centre
Market on Main ©
Market on Main

1
night
Francistown, Botswana

Francistown
Follow the trail of the 19th-century gold rush to the "Capital of the North," the regional commercial center of Francistown.
For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Francistown day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Johannesburg to Francistown. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Francistown: highs are around 36°C and lows about 23°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Francistown

Fun & Games Casinos

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