32 days in South Africa & Zanzibar City Itinerary

32 days in South Africa & Zanzibar City Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa & Zanzibar City Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  14​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Franschhoek, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hermanus, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  4​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
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
13
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
14
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
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.
Get some cultural insight at Vergelegen Estate and Constantia Glen Winery. Discover out-of-the-way places like West Coast National Park and Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, look for gifts at Watershed, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and do a tasting at Steenberg Vineyards.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town travel route planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cape Town is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, things will get little chillier in Cape Town: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, Chapman's Peak Drive, West Coast National Park
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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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): learn about winemaking at Thelema Mountain Vineyards, then sample the tasty concoctions at Remhoogte Wine Estate, then take in the exciting artwork at Dyman Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dutch Reform Church. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Villiera Wines, then look for gifts at Bebe's Chocolaterie and Gluten Free Patisserie, then learn about winemaking at Peter Falke Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stellenrust Winery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Stellenbosch trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Historic Sites Parks
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Thelema Mountain Vineyards ©
Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Villiera Wines ©
Villiera Wines
Remhoogte Wine Estate ©
Remhoogte Wine Estate

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 17th (Thu): do a tasting at La Bri Estate, do a tasting at Haut Espoir Winery, learn about winemaking at Topiary Wines, then learn about winemaking at Mellasat Vineyards, and finally stop by DV Artisan Chocolate.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Franschhoek vacation builder 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Hermanus.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Paarl
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La Bri Estate ©
La Bri Estate
Topiary Wines ©
Topiary Wines
Maison Estate ©
Maison Estate

few
hours
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

Outdoors Tours Wineries
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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.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Kaaimans Waterfall and then take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery.

Plan my trip to Wilderness with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Wilderness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Wilderness, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Museums
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Pharoah Art Gallery ©
Pharoah Art Gallery

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 19th (Sat), stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
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

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Otter Trail ©
Otter 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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2
nights
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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1
day
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, then look for gifts at Africa Joy, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and finally stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Nelspruit online trip planner .

Fly from Port Elizabeth to Nelspruit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Elizabeth in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Nelspruit, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

White River
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Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Africa Joy ©
Africa Joy

3
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

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Lonely Bull Trail. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site, and get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

1
night
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.
Discover how to plan a Johannesburg trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 31st (Thu), you're off toZanzibar City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Do your shopping at Aromas of Zanzibar and Dr Bulugu Gallery. Visit Matemwe Beach and Nungwi Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Zanzibar City's surroundings by going to Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City), Kuza Cave (in Jambiani) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Nungwi). There's lots more to do: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, experience rural life at Zanzibar Spices and Heritage Centre, head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and contemplate the long history of Mtoni Palace Ruins.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zanzibar City using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. Traveling from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, expect Zanzibar City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Mnemba Atoll, Kuza Cave, Nungwi Beach, Matemwe Beach
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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