17 days in Tanzania & South Africa Itinerary

17 days in Tanzania & South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Tanzania & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
5
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.
Step out of Zanzibar City to go to Nungwi and see Nungwi Beach, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, walk around Forodhani Park, and stroll through Cheetah's Rock.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City online trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Zanzibar City is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nungwi Beach, Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

1
night
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park ©
On the 5th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarangire National Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tarangire National Park trip maker tool .

Getting from Zanzibar City to Tarangire National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Zanzibar City in September, things will get a bit cooler in Tarangire National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

1
night
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area online travel route planner .

Getting from Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Union Buildings & National Library of South Africa). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and look for gifts at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Johannesburg by combination of taxi and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 11th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's more to do: hike along Bushmans Trail and stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park holiday planner.

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. September in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kruger National Park in September; daily highs in Cape Town reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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