31 days in Cape Town, Garden Route & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

31 days in Cape Town, Garden Route & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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31 days in Cape Town, Garden Route & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Wilderness, South Africa
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
4
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

8
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 historical perspective at Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Camp's Bay Beach. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Llandudno Beach, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town holiday planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cape Town is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in December; daily highs in Cape Town reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

8
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.
Visit Noetzie and Plettenberg Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Robberg Nature Reserve and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Holy Trinity Church, Knysna Heads, & more) and Bitou Art Gallery (in Storms River). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Birds of Eden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, and make a splash at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay online road trip planner .

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Bitou Art Gallery, Noetzie Beach
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©

7
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Cango Caves and Wilderness Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Dutch Reformed Mother Church and Cape Palette Art Gallery. Explore Wilderness' surroundings by going to Janine Iron and Washing Museum (in Hartenbos), Oudtshoorn (Cango Wildlife Ranch, Swartberg Pass, & more) and Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex (in Mossel Bay). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Wilderness National Park, take some stellar pictures from Dolphin Point Lookout, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Wilderness trip planner .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn, George, Mossel Bay, De Krans Wines
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

5
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paje Beach and Nakupenda Beach. Popular historic sites such as Hamamni Persian Baths and The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe) are in your itinerary. Step out of Zanzibar City to go to Tunguu and see Space Station Zanzibar, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, stroll around Jozani Forest, steep yourself in history at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip app .

Explore your travel options from Wilderness to Zanzibar City with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Wilderness to Zanzibar City is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wilderness in January: high temperatures in Zanzibar City hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Paje Beach, Space Station Zanzibar
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©

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