36 days in Africa Itinerary

36 days in Africa Itinerary

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36 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  29​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
5
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
plane:  4​h 30​min
7
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Phoenix, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vergelegen Estate, Groot Constantia, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chapman's Peak Drive and Twelve Apostles. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town travel route planner.

Phoenix, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in September; daily highs in Cape Town reach 68°F and lows reach 49°F. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

1
night
Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Voelklip Beach as well as Cape Whale Coast. On the 19th (Thu), get all the information you need at Cape Whale Coast, then take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Voelklip Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hoy's Koppie.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Hermanus are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Hoy's Koppie ©
Hoy's Koppie

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Harkerville Saturday Village Market, Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Beach, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Garden Route National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Step out of Plettenberg Bay to go to Knysna and see Knysna Heads, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge, CrissCross Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

4
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.
You've added Mandela House, Market on Main, Arts on Main, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Constitution Hill and Lesedi Cultural Village. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg day trip site .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lesedi Cultural Village
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Lesedi Cultural Village ©
Lesedi Cultural Village
Arts on Main ©
Arts on Main

4
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tshokwane Picnic Site, Viva Safaris and Safaris. Spend the 2nd (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail and stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip maker website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail

2
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
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.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hippo Jessica.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit day trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in October, expect nights in Nelspruit to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hippo Jessica, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica

4
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.
You've added Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village, Devil's Pool, Bushtracks Africa, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Helicopter Tours. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Victoria Falls takes 15.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nelspruit in October: high temperatures in Victoria Falls hover around 93°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Devil's Pool
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Helicopter Tours

6
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, Kendwa Beach, Stone Town, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aromas of Zanzibar and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Nungwi Beach (in Nungwi) and Bahati Beach Boutique (in Kendwa). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, stop by Mwanzo Mpya, and stroll around Forodhani Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Zanzibar City itinerary maker .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Victoria Falls to Zanzibar City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Victoria Falls in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zanzibar City: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nungwi, Kendwa, Uroa Bay, Kiwengwa Beach, Matemwe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach

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