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


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 lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, browse the exhibits of Tami Walker Gallery, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

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Doha, Qatar to Victoria Falls is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Doha to Victoria Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Victoria Falls is a bit warmer than Doha - with highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
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: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get great views at Cape Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

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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 little chillier with lows of 20°C in Cape Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.
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.
Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip 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 more to do: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

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Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Kruger National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip
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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): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, and then browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Sandton City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try out the rides at Gold Reef City.

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You can fly from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trip
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Zimbabwe travel guide

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.

South Africa travel guide

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.