35 days in Africa Itinerary

35 days in Africa Itinerary

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35 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  28​h 30​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Knysna, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
5
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 2 nights
6
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
7
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
fly:  2​h
9
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Helderberg Nature Reserve, Vergelegen Estate, The Old Biscuit Mill, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Chapman's Peak Drive and Twelve Apostles. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town vacation planner .

New York City, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get slightly colder in Cape Town: highs are around 68°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
nights
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.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Nature Beaches
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Hoy's Koppie ©
Hoy's Koppie

2
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.
For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Knysna day trip app .

Getting from Hermanus to Knysna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Knysna, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Harkerville Coast Hiking Trail ©
Harkerville Coast Hiking Trail

2
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.
You've added Storms River Suspension Bridge, Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On the next day, stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and then scramble along the landscape with AfriCanyon River Adventures.

Plan a trip to Plettenberg Bay easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Plettenberg Bay is just a short distance from Knysna. In September, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Suspension Bridge
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AfriCanyon River Adventures ©
AfriCanyon River Adventures
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

2
nights
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth tour itinerary planning website .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife
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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 Maropeng Visitor Centre, Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, Mandela House, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lesedi Cultural Village and Constitution Hill. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Elizabeth in September: highs in Johannesburg hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, Lesedi Cultural Village, Maropeng Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Maropeng Visitor Centre ©
Maropeng Visitor Centre

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 Olifants Wilderness Trail, Viva Safaris and Safaris. Step out of Kruger National Park with an excursion to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Hoedspruit--about 2h 15 min away.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park travel route builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
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Safaris
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve as well as Hippo Jessica.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 57°F at night. You will leave for Victoria Falls on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village, Ra-Ikane, Devil's Pool, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Victoria Falls holiday tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hoedspruit to Victoria Falls. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in October: high temperatures in Victoria Falls hover around 93°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Devil's Pool
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Devil's Pool ©
Devil's Pool
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Matemwe Beach, Kendwa Beach, Kiwengwa Beach, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aromas of Zanzibar and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zanzibar City: Bahati Beach Boutique (in Kendwa) and Nungwi Beach (in Nungwi). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, stop by Mwanzo Mpya, and walk around Forodhani Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City road trip app .

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Zanzibar City in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Victoria Falls to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Victoria Falls in October, plan for slightly colder days in Zanzibar City, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nungwi, Kiwengwa, Kendwa, Matemwe Beach
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Zanzibar Quad Adventure ©
Zanzibar Quad Adventure

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