9 days in Cape Town, Durban & Zimbabwe Itinerary

9 days in Cape Town, Durban & Zimbabwe Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to London


Cape Town, South Africa

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden and Beau Constantia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum and Lynx Wine. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Franschhoek (Eikehof, First South African Perfume Museum, &more) and Dorp Street (in Stellenbosch). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with Pisces Divers, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, do a tasting at Constantia Glen Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town tour itinerary site.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cape Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Cape Town reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Durban, South Africa

— 2 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 14th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Mini Town and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Main Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Durban road trip tool.

You can fly from Cape Town to Durban in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Durban. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Victoria Falls sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Durban to Victoria Falls by combination of flight and car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

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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.