22 days in Africa Itinerary

22 days in Africa Itinerary

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22 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Bus + Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7​h
6
Hazyview, South Africa
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
8
St Lucia, South Africa
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
9
Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Zipline. There's much more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls travel route planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Victoria Falls is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Victoria Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in May; daily highs in Victoria Falls reach 32°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
On the 5th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Ngamiland East trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and flight from Victoria Falls to Ngamiland East takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:
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2
nights
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft Park ©
One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the fascinating landscape at Kuiseb River and then cruise along Spreetshoogte Pass. On your second day here, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Namib-Naukluft Park visit planner .

Getting from Ngamiland East to Namib-Naukluft Park by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Ngamiland East in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Namib-Naukluft Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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Spreetshoogte Pass ©
Spreetshoogte Pass
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kuiseb River ©
Kuiseb River

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Kayaking & Canoeing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and Franschhoek Motor Museum. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, make a trip to Flying Dutchman Funicular, hike along Platteklip Gorge, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip maker .

Fly from Namib-Naukluft Park to Cape Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in May: highs in Cape Town hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Gerickes Point. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St George's Anglican Church and Jandreart Studio. The adventure continues: stroll through Radical Raptors, browse the exhibits of Scarab Village, explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, and trek along Drupkelders Hiking Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Knysna road trip tool .

You can fly from Cape Town to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Knysna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Gerickes Point ©
Gerickes Point
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

3
nights
Hazyview, South Africa

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Whispers and Safaris. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and The Elephant Sanctuary. Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Sabi Sand Game Reserve (in Sabie), Graskop (The Big Swing, Wonder View, & more) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve).

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hazyview itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Knysna to Hazyview by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In May in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Graskop, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Idube Game Reserve
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline

2
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit visit app .

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge

2
nights
St Lucia, South Africa

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 19th (Tue), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then explore the striking landscape of Heritage Tours & Safaris. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bonamanzi Game Reserve.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our St Lucia online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hoedspruit to St Lucia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Bonamanzi Game Reserve, Heritage Tours & Safaris
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
Bonamanzi Game Reserve ©
Bonamanzi Game Reserve

2
nights
Durban, South Africa

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 21st (Thu), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, and then explore the stunning scenery at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Durban sightseeing website .

Traveling by bus from St Lucia to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Durban, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Durban

Wildlife Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve ©
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

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