17 days in Zimbabwe & South Africa Itinerary

17 days in Zimbabwe & South Africa Itinerary

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Fly to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 4 nights

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.
Spend the 31st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip itinerary planning tool.

Doha, Qatar to Victoria Falls is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Doha in December; daily highs in Victoria Falls reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Cape Town.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Cape Town, South Africa — 6 nights

Mother City

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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and admire all the interesting features of Cape Point.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Cape Town in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Victoria Falls in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Cape Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kruger National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 3 nights

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.
Step out of Kruger National Park with an excursion to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park day trip site.

Getting from Cape Town to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.
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Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 3 nights

City of Light

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 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then try to win big at Montecasino, and then stop by Jack Friedman Sandton City. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try out the rides at Gold Reef City.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg planning website.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.2
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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