26 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

26 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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26 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  29​h
1
West Coast National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Kimberley, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
St Lucia, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Ohrigstad, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 30​min
6
Knysna, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Swellendam, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Agulhas, South Africa
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Hermanus, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 45​min
12
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Denver, United States

3
nights
West Coast National Park, South Africa

West Coast National Park ©
Witness the spring blossoms and vivid birdlife in West Coast National Park, among the richest in Western Cape.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at West Coast Fossil Park, then relax in the rural setting at Simply Bee Obsevation Centre, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at West Coast National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at !Khwa ttu, look for gifts at Darling Sweet, learn about winemaking at Darling Cellars, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve, and finally stop by The Darling Wine Shop.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our West Coast National Park sightseeing planner.

Denver, USA to West Coast National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Denver to West Coast National Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Denver in October, with highs in West Coast National Park at 75°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in West Coast National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Darling, West Coast Fossil Park, !Khwa ttu
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
!Khwa ttu ©
!Khwa ttu
West Coast Fossil Park ©
West Coast Fossil Park

few
hours
Kimberley, South Africa

Kimberley ©
As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kimberley trip maker app .

Explore your travel options from West Coast National Park to Kimberley with the Route module. Traveling from West Coast National Park in October, you will find days in Kimberley are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kimberley

#Museums, #Shopping
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The Big Hole Kimberley ©
The Big Hole Kimberley
William Humphreys Art Gallery ©
William Humphreys Art Gallery

1
night
St Lucia, South Africa

St Lucia ©
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 10th (Thu), stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park, then stroll through iMfolozi Game Reserve, and then browse the different shops at Mtuba Mall.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the St Lucia day trip planning app .

Drive from Kimberley to St Lucia in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Ohrigstad.

Things to do in St Lucia

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping

Side Trip

Mtubatuba
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Mtuba Mall ©
Mtuba Mall

few
hours
Ohrigstad, South Africa

Ohrigstad ©
Ohrigstad, formerly Andries Orieg Stad, is a small town to the north of Lydenburg in the Limpopo province, South Africa.HistoryA fort was established by a group of Voortrekkers under the leadership of Andries Hendrik Potgieter with the help of a Dutch merchant Gregorius Ohrig. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ohrigstad online travel route planner .

Drive from St Lucia to Ohrigstad in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daily temperatures in Ohrigstad can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Ohrigstad

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

2
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, then take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, then view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ohrigstad to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. October in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge
iNyoka Art Gallery ©
iNyoka Art Gallery

2
nights
Knysna, South Africa

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Scarab Village, then take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, and finally stroll through Radical Raptors.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hoedspruit to Knysna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoedspruit in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Knysna: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Knysna

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Radical Raptors, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors

2
nights
Swellendam, South Africa

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, and then hike along De Hoop Whale Trail. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at De Wetshof Estate, stroll through Montagu Nature Garden, then examine the collection at Montagu Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at IBIS Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Swellendam trip builder tool .

Getting from Knysna to Swellendam by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Swellendam are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Swellendam

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Montagu, De Wetshof Estate, De Hoop Whale Trail
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De Hoop Whale Trail ©
De Hoop Whale Trail
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

1
day
Cape Agulhas, South Africa

Cape Agulhas
On the 17th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at De Mond Nature Reserve, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Swellendam to Cape Agulhas in 1.5 hours. October in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
De Mond Nature Reserve ©
De Mond Nature Reserve

3
nights
Hermanus, South Africa

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Rossouw Modern Art, then take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio, then see the interesting displays at The Whale House Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Hermanus day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus takes 2 hours. October in Hermanus sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trip

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lembu Gallery & Studio ©
Lembu Gallery & Studio

3
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Boschendal Wine Estate and Bloubergstrand Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Cape of Good Hope and Twelve Apostles. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden & The Stellenbosch Village Museum). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, examine the collection at Cape Town Diamond Museum, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town route maker website .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Boschendal Wine Estate
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Robben Island ©
Robben Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Victoria Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in October, you will find days in Victoria Falls are much warmer (94°F), and nights are a bit warmer (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
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Zipline
Safaris

2
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 27th (Sun): make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, then stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail, and then hike along Bushmans Trail. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Phuza Moya Private Game Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napi Wilderness Trail, and then hike along Lonely Bull Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Victoria Falls to Kruger National Park. Traveling from Victoria Falls in October, things will get a bit cooler in Kruger National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 59°F. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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