20 days in Zanzibar Archipelago & South Africa Itinerary

20 days in Zanzibar Archipelago & South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in Zanzibar Archipelago & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  14​h
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Durban, South Africa
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

2
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.
Zanzibar City is known for nature, historic sites, parks, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, and stop by Aromas of Zanzibar.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip itinerary maker site .

Dublin, Ireland to Zanzibar City is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in December, expect Zanzibar City to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

2
nights
Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kendwa Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nungwi travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Zanzibar City to Nungwi takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Nungwi can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nungwi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kendwa Beach
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore and take pictures at Constitution Hill, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lindfield Victorian House Museum and then get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg driving holiday planner.

Getting from Nungwi to Johannesburg by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Nungwi to Johannesburg, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Johannesburg is a bit cooler than Nungwi - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Theme Parks Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

3
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.
Spend the 5th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail, trek along Lonely Bull Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip maker .

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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

1
night
Durban, South Africa

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 7th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Main Beach and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durban itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Durban in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in January, Durban is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

1
night
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then cruise along Swartberg Pass, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Jude's Anglican Church.

Plan trip to Oudtshoorn with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Durban to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in January, things will get little chillier in Oudtshoorn: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Doornkraal Padstal
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Doornkraal Padstal ©
Doornkraal Padstal

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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.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and then hike along The Dolphin Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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.
Visit Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Camp's Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Cape Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Camp's Bay Beach ©
Camp's Bay Beach

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