19 days in South Africa & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

19 days in South Africa & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+6
train + bus + foot + Fly + bus + foot + train:  26​h
1
Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Washington DC, United States

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.
On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, then see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum, learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate, and then take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Stellenbosch online day trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Stellenbosch is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington DC to Stellenbosch, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Stellenbosch: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Highlights from your plan
First South African Perfume Museum ©
The Stellenbosch Village Museum ©
The Stellenbosch Village Museum
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town travel site .

Traveling by bus from Stellenbosch to Cape Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

4
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.
Spend the 12th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and trek along Lonely Bull Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

3
nights
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, wildlife, theme parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

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

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. In April, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sandton
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll through Cheetah's Rock and then head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), look for gifts at The Coins Shop, and then kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zanzibar City sightseeing planning website .

Fly from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in April: highs in Zanzibar City hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Cheetah's Rock, Nungwi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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