26 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

26 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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26 days in South Africa & Victoria Falls Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  1​h
1
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Prince Albert, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
11
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shearwater Victoria Falls - Bungee, Bridge Tours and Activities as well as The Zambezi Royal Luxury River Cruises. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Helicopter Tours.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Victoria Falls tour planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Victoria Falls is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in November; daily highs in Victoria Falls reach 38°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Helicopter Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Constitution Hill, Voortrekker Monument and South Western Townships. On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of South Western Townships, then appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, and then don't miss a visit to Constitution Hill.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Victoria Falls in November, expect Johannesburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 15°C. You'll set off for Kruger National Park on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Voortrekker Monument
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Voortrekker Monument ©
Voortrekker Monument
South Western Townships ©
South Western Townships

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.
To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in November since evenings lows in Kruger National Park dip to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then contemplate the long history of Regina Mundi.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Kruger National Park in November, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Regina Mundi ©
Regina Mundi

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island and Fairview Wine and Cheese. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Groot Constantia and Bo-kaap. Venture out of the city with trips to Hermanus (Domaine Des Dieux, Voelklip Beach, & more), Spice Route Destination (in Suider Paarl) and Stellenbosch (Warwick Wine Estate & Spier Wine Farm). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Cape Town holiday planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Cape Town by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Prince Albert.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Hermanus, Paarl, Stellenbosch
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Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

1
night
Prince Albert, South Africa

Prince Albert ©
Prince Albert, South Africa is a small town in the Western Cape in South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): learn about winemaking at Fernskloof Wines, then examine the collection at Fransie Pienaar Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Gay's Guernsey Dairy.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Prince Albert holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Town to Prince Albert. In November in Prince Albert, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Wed) before leaving for Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Prince Albert

Wineries Museums Shopping
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Fernskloof Wines ©
Fernskloof Wines
Fransie Pienaar Museum ©
Fransie Pienaar Museum
Gay's Guernsey Dairy ©
Gay's Guernsey Dairy

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines, learn about winemaking at Boplaas, and then make a trip to Gallery Route 62.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Prince Albert to Oudtshoorn. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place ©
Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church and then steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna custom trip planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Knysna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), you're off toTsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Nelson Bay Cave ©
Nelson Bay Cave
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

1
night
Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
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.
You've now added Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tsitsikamma National Park itinerary builder.

You can drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Ron Belling Art Gallery, sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery, then contemplate the long history of Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial, and finally look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth travel planner.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Shopping Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
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Ron Belling Art Gallery ©
Ron Belling Art Gallery
Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial ©
Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists ©

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): wander the streets of Newtown, then get curious at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, and then try your luck at Montecasino. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Melrose House Museum, examine the collection at Liliesleaf Farm & Museum, and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in November, expect nights in Johannesburg to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Neighborhoods Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Liliesleaf, Montecasino, Melrose House
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Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct
Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Melrose House ©
Melrose House

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