31 days in South Africa, Victoria Falls & Istanbul Itinerary

31 days in South Africa, Victoria Falls & Istanbul Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa, Victoria Falls & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: San Carlos, Mexico
Travel:  180 h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 9 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
2
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h 30 min
3
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Monterrey, Mexico

9
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Strand Beach. Visiting Franschhoek Pass and Chapman's Peak Drive will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch) and Franschhoek (Lynx Wine, Eikehof, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Platteklip Gorge, contemplate the waterfront views at Noordhoek Beach, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and visit Abseil Africa.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town attractions planner.

San Carlos, Mexico to Cape Town is an approximately 180- hour travel. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 9 hours. In noviembre, Cape Town is a bit cooler than San Carlos - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, !Khwa ttu, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

7
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 Kruger National Park and Amarula Lapa. Step out of the city life by going to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Kruger National Park side-trips: Phalaborwa (Hans Merensky Golf Course, Qualito Craft Distillery, &more). There's lots more to do: trek along Mphongolo Backpacking Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cape Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. You will leave for Victoria Falls on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Echo Caves, Three Roundavels, Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Zipline. Get outdoors at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Next up on the itinerary: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Victoria Falls online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kruger National Park to Victoria Falls. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in diciembre since evenings lows in Victoria Falls dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Zipline

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi), then appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square, and finally explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Istanbul takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Victoria Falls in diciembre; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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