29 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Tanzania Itinerary

29 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Tanzania Itinerary

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29 days in South Africa, Zimbabwe & Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
4
St Lucia, South Africa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
9
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Calgary, Canada

4
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.
Franschhoek Motor Museum and !Khwa ttu will appeal to museum buffs. Robben Island Museum and Mont Destin Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to West Coast National Park in West Coast National Park--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, stroll through Platteklip Gorge, and take in the pleasant sights at Maclear's Beacon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip website .

Calgary, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Calgary to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Calgary in June, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, West Coast National Park, !Khwa ttu, Franschhoek Motor Museum, Mont Destin Wines
Highlights from your plan
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

3
nights
Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Voelklip Beach and Shark Diving. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Stony Brook Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas) and Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek). There's more to do: stroll through Grotto Beach and browse the exhibits of Lembu Gallery & Studio.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hermanus route maker site .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. June in Hermanus sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Cape Agulhas, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

3
nights
Knysna, South Africa

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Visit Dutch Reformed Mother Church and Holy Trinity Church for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness), The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, & more) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Knysna day trip planning website .

Getting from Hermanus to Knysna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach, Suspension Bridge, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

1
night
St Lucia, South Africa

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Heritage Tours & Safaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our St Lucia trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Knysna to St Lucia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Cape Vidal Lighthouse ©
Cape Vidal Lighthouse

3
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

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.
Visiting Elephant Whispers and Kruger National Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sudwala Caves and Bagdad Farmers Market. Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Krugerhof Museum (in Waterval Boven), Zipline (in Hazyview) and Safaris (in Kruger National Park). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nelspruit online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from St Lucia to Nelspruit by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hazyview, Krugerhof Museum, Bagdad Farmers Market, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Ukuthula Designs. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Masorini Archaeological Site (in Kruger National Park). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Three Roundavels
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park. The adventure continues: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, and view the masterpieces at Prime Art Gallery.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Victoria Falls travel route builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hoedspruit to Victoria Falls. In July in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Jambiani Beach and Kendwa Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paje Beach and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral. There's still lots to do: stroll through Nakupenda Beach, head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Zanzibar City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time (CAT) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Victoria Falls in July, you will find days in Zanzibar City are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cheetah's Rock, Paje Beach, Jambiani Beach, Kendwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach

2
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Serengeti Hippo Pool, and then explore the striking landscape at Naabi Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Serengeti National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Serengeti National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool
Seronera ©
Seronera
Naabi Hill
Naabi Hill

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