24 days in South Africa & Mauritius Itinerary

24 days in South Africa & Mauritius Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa & Mauritius Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Chamarel, Mauritius
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Rodrigues Island, Mauritius
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland


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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stony Point Penguin Colony and Marbrin Olive Growers. Dorp Street and St. George's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek (Eikehof, Franschhoek Pass, & more), Waterford Estate (in Stellenbosch) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, learn about winemaking at Springfield Estate Winery, relax in the rural setting at Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm, and take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect Cape Town to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Robertson, Hermanus, Stellenbosch, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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St. George's Cathedral ©
St. George's Cathedral
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Big Boabab. Step out of Kruger National Park with an excursion to Safaris in Hoedspruit--about 2 hours away. Spend the 9th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park attractions website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Kruger National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in October, you will find days in Kruger National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Boabab, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ukutula Conservation Center and Constitution Hill. Visit Union Buildings and Mandela House for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve (in Krugersdorp), Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Rietvlei Nature Reserve) and Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary (in Hartbeespoort). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get to know the fascinating history of Gandhi Square, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, and stroll around Alberts Farm.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chamarel.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pretoria, Brits, Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, Nelson Mandela Square, Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre ©
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

1
night
Chamarel, Mauritius

Chamarel ©
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Ebony Forest Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gris Gris Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Le Morne Brabant and then enjoy the sand and surf at Le Morne Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamarel trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Chamarel takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Chamarel is 2 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chamarel, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Rodrigues Island.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gris Gris Beach, Le Morne Brabant, Le Morne Beach, Alexandra Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ebony Forest Reserve ©
Ebony Forest Reserve
Gris Gris Beach ©
Gris Gris Beach
Le Morne Beach ©
Le Morne Beach

1
night
Rodrigues Island, Mauritius

Rodrigues Island ©
Flung far out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, rocky Rodrigues Island sits in a turquoise lagoon surrounded by a fringing coral reef.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trou d'Argent Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rodrigues Island trip planner .

You can fly from Chamarel to Rodrigues Island in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Rodrigues Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Baie.

Things to do in Rodrigues Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Trou d'Argent Beach ©
Trou d'Argent Beach

5
nights
Grand Baie, Mauritius

Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mont Choisy Beach and Grand Gaube Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ronaq-Ul-Islam Sunnee Mosque and Kaylasson Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Baie: Ile Plate Beach (in Cap Malheureux), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Belle Mare) and Swim with Dolphins (in Flic En Flac). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trou aux Biches, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Louis Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at SSR Botanic Garden, and make a trip to Notre Dame Auxiliatrice.

Before you visit Grand Baie, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of flight and car from Rodrigues Island to Grand Baie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Baie

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Louis, Cap Malheureux, Plage de Trou aux Biches, Scuba & Snorkeling, Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mont Choisy Beach ©
Mont Choisy Beach
Ile Plate Beach ©
Ile Plate Beach

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