28 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

28 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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28 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Hermanus, South Africa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Rorke's Drift, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
St Lucia, South Africa
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + train:  4​h 15​min
6
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
8
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 15​min
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom

3
nights
Hermanus, South Africa

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Escape the urban bustle at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kwaaiwater and Shark Diving. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Hermanus trip planner .

Cardiff, UK to Hermanus is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Hermanus is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in October: highs in Hermanus hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shark Diving, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge. Keep things going the next day: trek along Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hermanus in October: high temperatures in Hoedspruit hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Rorke's Drift.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge
iNyoka Art Gallery ©
iNyoka Art Gallery

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.
On the 12th (Sat), stroll through Idube Game Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Napi Wilderness Trail.

Planning Kruger National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rorke's Drift.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Tshokwane Picnic Site ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site

2
nights
Rorke's Drift, South Africa

Rorke's Drift ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the history at Isandlwana Battlefield, see the interesting displays at The Ncome Museum, and then stroll through Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Rorke's Drift and then stroll through Fugitive's Drift.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rorke's Drift route planning website .

Drive from Kruger National Park to Rorke's Drift in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Kruger National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rorke's Drift, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Rorke's Drift

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Ncome Museum, Isandlwana Battlefield, Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve ©
Fugitive's Drift ©
Fugitive's Drift
Isandlwana Battlefield ©
Isandlwana Battlefield

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): examine the collection at Tunga Needlework Studio, then stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and then browse the different shops at Mtuba Mall. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Heritage Tours & Safaris.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the St Lucia road trip planning tool .

Drive from Rorke's Drift to St Lucia in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mtuba Mall, Heritage Tours & Safaris, Tunga Needlework Studio
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
Mtuba Mall ©
Mtuba Mall

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill and then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
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 20th (Sun): meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, then browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, and then admire all the interesting features of Crocodile Ranch.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in October; daily highs in Victoria Falls reach 40°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

2
nights
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort, then take in the dramatic scenery at Meiringspoort Waterfall, and then relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Victoria Falls to Oudtshoorn in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Victoria Falls in October, plan for colder days in Oudtshoorn, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

De Rust
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

3
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Holy Trinity Church and Nelson Bay Cave. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Radical Raptors. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Jandreart Studio (in Knysna) and Scarab Village (in Sedgefield). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Plettenberg Bay trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knysna, Scarab Village
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island and Groot Constantia. Escape the urban bustle at Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

West Coast National Park, Boschendal Wine Estate, Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Robben Island ©
Robben Island
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

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