18 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

18 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh, United States
Fly:  30​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Pittsburgh, United States

6
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.
Visit Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches for some beach relaxation. Visit Robben Island and Castle of Good Hope for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, contemplate the long history of Iziko Koopmans-De Wet House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary planner

Pittsburgh, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Cape Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pittsburgh in April; daily highs in Cape Town reach 75°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, and then admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip builder tool

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Victoria Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cape Town in April, expect nights in Victoria Falls to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill and South Western Townships. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Montecasino (in Sandton) and Union Buildings (in Pretoria). Spend the 13th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, view the masterpieces at I was shot in Joburg, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of Africa.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planner

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Victoria Falls in April; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 76°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sandton, Union Buildings
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Designs, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and then stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park visit planner

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in April since evenings lows in Kruger National Park dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoedspruit
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site

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