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
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Knysna, South Africa
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
9
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  29​h
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Franschhoek Motor Museum. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, hike along Platteklip Gorge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cape Town online trip itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get a bit cooler in Cape Town: highs are around 68°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Wine Tours & Tastings, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

2
nights
Hermanus, South Africa

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the sky in a new way at SANSA Space Science, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path and then take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus day trip website .

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. In September in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then take an in-depth tour of Knysna Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Margaret's Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, take some stellar pictures from Dolphin Point Lookout, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park.

Before you visit Knysna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Hermanus to Knysna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Wilderness
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip maker .

Plettenberg Bay is very close to Knysna. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
St. Christopher Catholic Church ©
St. Christopher Catholic Church

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shamwari Game Reserve and Kariega Beach. It doesn't end there: stroll through Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve and sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kariega Beach
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Room Escape Games. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, engage your brain at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from Carlton Centre.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg holiday builder site .

Fly from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in September, expect nights in Johannesburg to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Room Escape Games
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

4
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 3rd (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and stroll through Idube Game Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Tshukudu Game Lodge. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Spas

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hoedspruit to Victoria Falls. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hoedspruit in October, with highs in Victoria Falls at 93°F and lows at 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cheetah's Rock and Aromas of Zanzibar. Venture out of the city with trips to Nungwi (Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi & Nungwi Beach) and Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm, contemplate the long history of Mtoni Palace Ruins, and take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Victoria Falls to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Nungwi, Matemwe Beach
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar
Tangawizi Spice Farm ©
Tangawizi Spice Farm

1
night
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam ©
Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
On the 16th (Wed), examine the collection at National Museum, take in panoramic vistas at PPF Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Sanatan Dharma Sabha temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Maamur Mosque, and finally stroll the grounds of Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dar es Salaam trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Zanzibar City to Dar es Salaam by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Dar es Salaam can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Historic Sites Museums
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Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery ©
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery
National Museum ©
National Museum
PPF Tower ©
PPF Tower

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