37 days in Africa Itinerary

37 days in Africa Itinerary

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37 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  14​h
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— Few hours
2
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Graskop, South Africa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Storms River, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Nature's Valley, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
9
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
10
Knysna, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
11
Wilderness, South Africa
— 2 nights
bus:  15​min
12
George, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
13
Mossel Bay, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
14
Swellendam, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
15
Franschhoek, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
16
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
17
Belle Mare, Mauritius
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
18
Le Morne, Mauritius
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
19
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
Fly:  18​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

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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.
For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg route tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Johannesburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: highs in Johannesburg hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 12°C. You'll set off for Nelspruit on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stop by Shautany Chocolatiers.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nelspruit route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nelspruit, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Shopping

Side Trip

Shautany Chocolatiers
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Shautany Chocolatiers ©
Shautany Chocolatiers

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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 24th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Lonely Bull Trail, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park online journey maker .

Getting from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Walking tours

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Graskop, South Africa

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, take in the dramatic natural features at The Pinnacle Rock, then cruise along Panorama Route, and finally stroll through Wonder View.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Graskop online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Graskop in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Graskop can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bourkes' Luck Potholes, God's Window
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
God's Window ©
God's Window

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Donkin Reserve.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Graskop to Port Elizabeth in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, Port Elizabeth is little chillier than Graskop - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Jeffreys Bay.
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The Donkin Reserve ©
The Donkin Reserve

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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Jeffreys Bay
To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeffreys Bay road trip planning app .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Storms River.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Storms River, South Africa

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Storms River trip planner .

Traveling by car from Jeffreys Bay to Storms River takes 1.5 hours. In September in Storms River, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Nature's Valley.
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Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

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Nature's Valley, South Africa

Nature's Valley ©
Nature's Valley is a holiday resort and small village on the Garden Route along the southern Cape coast of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nature's Valley route planner.

Getting from Storms River to Nature's Valley by car takes about an hour. September in Nature's Valley sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Nature's Valley

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail
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Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail ©
Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nature's Valley to Plettenberg Bay takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Wineries
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Plettenvale Wines ©
Plettenvale Wines

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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 3rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads and then explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Knysna travel route site .

Knysna is just a short distance from Plettenberg Bay. October in Knysna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Knysna

Nature Parks Museums
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Jandreart Studio ©
Jandreart Studio

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Wilderness, South Africa

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Horseback Riding Tours, Garden Route Trail, Wilderness National Park, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): hike along Garden Route Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally get great views at Map of Africa Viewpoint.

Plan my day in Wilderness using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Wilderness takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Wilderness sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to George.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Garden Route Trail ©
Garden Route Trail
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

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George, South Africa

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the activities along Victoria Bay and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Robertson Brewing Co..

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our George trip itinerary maker site .

George is just a short distance from Wilderness. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in George

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Victoria Bay ©
Victoria Bay

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Mossel Bay, South Africa

Mossel Bay
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from George to Mossel Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mossel Bay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will leave for Swellendam on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Swellendam, South Africa

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 6th (Sun), make a trip to NG Kerk Swellendam.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Swellendam vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Swellendam takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll set off for Franschhoek on the 7th (Mon).
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NG Kerk Swellendam ©
NG Kerk Swellendam

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Franschhoek, South Africa

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Franschhoek is known for wineries, museums, scenic drive, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass, learn about winemaking at Boschendal Wine Estate, and take in the exciting artwork at Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Franschhoek holiday website .

Getting from Swellendam to Franschhoek by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Cape Town.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Historic Sites Wineries Outdoors
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First South African Perfume Museum ©
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take a stroll through Bo-kaap, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner .

Traveling by car from Franschhoek to Cape Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Belle Mare.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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Belle Mare, Mauritius

Belle Mare ©
Set on Mauritius' east coast, the glittering white beaches and blue waters of Belle Mare entice visitors from all over the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ile des Deux Cocos (in Blue Bay), Nature Photo Gallery Moka Mauritius (in Moka) and Port Louis (Blue Penny Museum, Central Market, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ile aux Cerfs, contemplate the long history of Maison Eureka, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Belle Mare trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Cape Town to Belle Mare with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Mauritius Time (MUT) is 2 hours. In October, Belle Mare is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Le Morne.

Things to do in Belle Mare

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mauritius, Port Louis, Ile des Deux Cocos, Grand River South East Waterfalls, Nature Photo Gallery Moka Mauritius
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Trou aux Cerfs ©
Trou aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs ©
Ile aux Cerfs
The Crown Lodge ©
The Crown Lodge

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Le Morne, Mauritius

Le Morne ©
A rugged rock crag surrounded by white-sand beaches and an emerald lagoon marks Le Morne, a World Heritage Site.
Step out of Le Morne to go to Riviere des Anguilles and see La Vanille Nature Park, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Seven Colored Earths, stroll through Black River Gorges National Park, see the interesting displays at Curious Corner of Chamarel, and stop by Rhumerie de Chamarel.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Le Morne trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Belle Mare to Le Morne in 2 hours. In October in Le Morne, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Johannesburg.

Things to do in Le Morne

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Chamarel, Mauritius, La Vanille Nature Park
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Le Morne Brabant ©
Le Morne Brabant
Seven Colored Earths ©
Seven Colored Earths
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Johannesburg online trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Le Morne to Johannesburg. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Le Morne to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Le Morne in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Johannesburg. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris

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