33 days in Tanzania & South Africa Itinerary

33 days in Tanzania & South Africa Itinerary

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33 days in Tanzania & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  14​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Franschhoek, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hermanus, South Africa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Wilderness, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Nelspruit, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
12
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
13
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
14
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
15
Paje, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
16
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

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.
Head to Watershed and Canal Walk Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to West Coast National Park and Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to !Khwa ttu in Yzerfontein, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Old Biscuit Mill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, and do a tasting at Vergelegen Estate.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cape Town tour itinerary tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cape Town is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in October, with highs in Cape Town at 27°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, !Khwa ttu, West Coast National Park
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
nights
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dutch Reform Church, explore the world behind art at Dyman Gallery, do a tasting at Villiera Wines, then do a tasting at Thelema Mountain Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Peter Falke Winery.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch trip planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Stellenbosch by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. October in Stellenbosch sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping
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Villiera Wines ©
Villiera Wines
Thelema Mountain Vineyards ©
Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Stellenrust Winery ©
Stellenrust Winery

2
nights
Franschhoek, South Africa

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): do a tasting at Mellasat Vineyards and then do a tasting at Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons Tasting Centre. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Maison Estate, learn about winemaking at Topiary Wines, do a tasting at Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, then do a tasting at La Bri Estate, and finally see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Franschhoek road trip planning site .

Franschhoek is just a stone's throw from Stellenbosch. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hermanus.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Mellasat Vineyards
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
First South African Perfume Museum ©
La Bri Estate ©
La Bri Estate

1
night
Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Grotto Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Franschhoek to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hermanus are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wilderness.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

1
night
Wilderness, South Africa

Wilderness
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Mosaic Outdoor Market.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wilderness trip planner .

Getting from Hermanus to Wilderness by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Wilderness, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Shopping

Side Trip

Mosaic Outdoor Market
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2
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.
On the 20th (Sun), stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and then stroll through Radical Raptors. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plettenberg Beach, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and finally view the masterpieces at Porcupine Ceramics.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

1
night
Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 23rd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterfall Trail and then hike along Otter Trail.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tsitsikamma National Park travel route planner .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail

few
hours
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Jeffreys Bay
For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jeffreys Bay tour planner.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Jeffreys Bay in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off toPort Elizabeth.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Jeffreys Bay to Port Elizabeth takes an hour. In October in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 24th (Thu), you're off toHoedspruit.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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few
hours
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at Bagdad Farmers Market.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit journey planning tool .

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Nelspruit by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Elizabeth, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nelspruit, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Shopping

Side Trip

Bagdad Farmers Market
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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.
Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre has been added to your itinerary.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In October in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge

1
night
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 26th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site and then stroll through Idube Game Reserve.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park online route planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Nkumbe View Site ©
Nkumbe View Site

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg tour itinerary maker website .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

2
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
On the 29th (Tue), look for gifts at Fahari Zanzibar, then steep yourself in history at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakupenda Beach, then contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Zanzibar City is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zanzibar Island
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins

2
nights
Paje, Tanzania

Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paje Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paje tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Zanzibar City to Paje in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nungwi.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kuza Cave
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave

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nights
Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Visiting Kendwa Beach and Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Dr. Bulugu Gallery and Bahati Beach Boutique. Venture out of the city with trips to Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City), Kiwengwa (Kiwengwa Caves & Kiwengwa Beach) and Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nungwi Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Fukuchani Ruins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nungwi trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Paje to Nungwi takes 2 hours. November in Nungwi sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 8th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unguja City, Kiwengwa, Kendwa, Matemwe Beach, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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