54 days in South Africa, Zanzibar Island & Tanzania Itinerary

54 days in South Africa, Zanzibar Island & Tanzania Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 8 nights

Mother City

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary builder site.

Jerusalem, Israel to Cape Town is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

— 4 nights
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 12th (Mon), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. There's lots more to do: get outside with Face Adrenalin, see Tsitsikamma Adventure Land, kick your exploration up a notch at Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, and hike along Otter Trail.

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Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tsitsikamma National Park when traveling from Cape Town in July, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

— 5 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo), Adrenalin Addo Adventure Park (in Sundays River Valley) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George, get to know the resident critters at Kwantu Private Game Reserve - Day Visits, explore the galleries of Ron Belling Art Gallery, and push the limits with Afroventures Tours & Safaris.

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Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Port Elizabeth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tsitsikamma National Park in July since evenings lows in Port Elizabeth dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), Voortrekker Monument (in Pretoria) and Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris (in Magaliesburg). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, stroll through Ukutula Conservation Center, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, and brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Johannesburg. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 6 nights
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 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 26th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kruger National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Kruger National Park is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, surround yourself with nature on Tshukudu Game Lodge, and browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Hazyview, South Africa

— 5 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Bagdad Farmers Market (in White River) and Nelspruit (Lowveld National Botanical Garden & Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary). Spend the 6th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with Private Kruger Safaris. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, make a trip to Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park, and look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hazyview trip builder site.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hazyview are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 6 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Zanzibar City side-trips: Nungwi (Nungwi Beach & Escape Room ZANZIBAR) and Paje Beach (in Paje). Spend the 9th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with The Safari Blue. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, walk around Jozani Forest, explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths, and soothe aching muscles at Zanzibar Faith & Aloe Spas.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City visit planner.

You can drive from Hazyview to Zanzibar City in 52 hours. Traveling from Hazyview to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hazyview in August: highs in Zanzibar City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

— 1 night
On the 15th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kilimanjaro National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Kilimanjaro National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tarangire National Park holiday planning site.

Fly from Kilimanjaro National Park to Tarangire National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 2 nights
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then contemplate the long history of Olduvai Gorge.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arusha.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Arusha, Tanzania

— 5 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step out of Arusha to go to Arusha National Park and see Mt Meru, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 19th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Make the 20th (Fri) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at House of Gems, browse the eclectic array of goods at Masai Central Market, and soothe aching muscles at Ai Care Spa.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arusha trip planner.

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Arusha in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Geologic Formations · Beaches · Safaris
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.