33 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

33 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

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33 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  30​h
1
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hermanus, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Swellendam, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Exeter, United Kingdom


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6
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Visiting Mara River and Mara Triangle will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olare Orok Conservancy and Off-Road & ATV Trails. Spend the 4th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Masai Mara National Reserve. It doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve vacation builder.

London, UK to Maasai Mara National Reserve is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern African Time is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Balloon Rides

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Old Biscuit Mill and Kumanov Cosmetics. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Cape Point. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town), Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Cape Town takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek Motor Museum, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

5
nights
Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get outdoors at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Sumaridge Wine Estate. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: Peregrine Farm Stall (in Grabouw), Stony Brook Vineyards (in Franschhoek) and Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Grotto Beach, stop by The Book Collector, take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery, and learn about winemaking at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Stony Brook Vineyards, Peregrine Farm Stall, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Robberg Nature Reserve and Radical Raptors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Holy Trinity Church and St Peters Anglican Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Metelerkamps, Jandreart Studio, & more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, look for gifts at The Village Bookshop, enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, and view the masterpieces at Porcupine Ceramincs.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Owl House, take in the spiritual surroundings of St James the Great Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of Desolation. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Old Residency, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, then admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery, and finally examine the collection at The Reinet House.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet tour planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Graaff-Reinet takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Owl House
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
The Owl House ©
The Owl House

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Cali Craft & Gems. Take a break from the city and head to Meiringspoort Pass and The Cango Caves. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: De Krans Wines (in Calitzdorp), Zorgfontein Game Farm (in Great Brak River) and George (St Mark's Cathedral & Dutch Reformed Mother Church). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards, identify plant and animal life at Meerkat Magic, and take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Oudtshoorn takes 3 hours. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

George, De Krans Wines, Meiringspoort
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Drostdy Museum and Die Biltong Boetiek. Escape the urban bustle at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and The Tradouwspass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Swellendam: Robertson (Rooiberg Wine Cellars, Graham Beck Robertson Estate, & more), Ashton (Platform 62 & Arabella Wines) and Kassiesbaai (in Arniston).

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Swellendam trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Robertson, Ashton, Kassiesbaai, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, The Tradouwspass
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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve ©
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kassiesbaai ©
Kassiesbaai

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