37 days in Zanzibar Island & South Africa Itinerary

37 days in Zanzibar Island & South Africa Itinerary

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Fly to King Shaka International Airport, Drive to Nottingham Road
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Nottingham Road, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 1 night
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Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly to Port Elizabeth, Bus to Knysna
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Knysna, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Hermanus, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 4 nights
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.
Head to BlueGems Tanzanite and Dr Bulugu Galleryfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at The Safari Blue and Nungwi Beach. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, soothe aching muscles at The Spa at Park Hyatt Zanzibar, step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder app.

London, UK to Zanzibar City is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 4 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.
Shop till you drop at 24 Boxes and Woodlands Boulevard. Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Pretoria to see Pretoria Farmers Market about 1 hour away. Spend the 30th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, take in the exciting artwork at Art Eye Gallery, and examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Johannesburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Zanzibar City, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 4 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kingfisher Gallery and Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Amarula Lapa in Phalaborwa, approximately Phalaborwa away. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, revel in the low prices at Godding & Godding, browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, and head outdoors with Tshukudu Game Lodge.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, Hoedspruit is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. Spend the 8th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

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Hazyview, South Africa

— 3 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at i'langa Mall and Antiques & Artifacts. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and The Elephant Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to White River (Bagdad Farmers Market & Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hazyview road trip planner.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nottingham Road.

Things to do in Hazyview

Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Nottingham Road, South Africa

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maloti Drakensberg Park, then relax in the rural setting at Marrakesh Cheese Farm, and then look for gifts at The Wine Cellar. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at La Vita Spa Midlands Saddle & Trout, then make a trip to Culamoya Chimes, and then view the masterpieces at Aladdin's de-Light.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nottingham Road trip itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Hazyview to Nottingham Road with the Route module. Traveling from Hazyview in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nottingham Road, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nottingham Road

Shopping · Museums · Spas · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Durban, South Africa

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then buy something for everyone on your list at Watercrest Mall, then browse the different shops at Westville Junction, and finally look for gifts at Joe's Corner Shop.

To find out how to plan a trip to Durban, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nottingham Road to Durban takes 2 hours. Traveling from Nottingham Road in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Durban, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in Durban

Shopping · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:
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Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa

— 3 nights
Hailed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Umhlanga Rocks boasts beautiful coastlines best suited for surfing, fishing, and whale and dolphin viewing.
Get in touch with nature at Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris and Umhlanga Beach. Do your shopping at La Lucia Mall and Ballito Lifestyle Centre. Step out of Umhlanga Rocks with an excursion to Ballito Junction in Ballito--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Awesome Africa, browse the different shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the galleries of Africa Art Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Umhlanga Rocks road trip app.

Umhlanga Rocks is just a stone's throw from Durban. In August, daily temperatures in Umhlanga Rocks can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Umhlanga Rocks

Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Knysna, South Africa

— 2 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mosaic Outdoor Market, then look for gifts at Lakeside Spa, and then view the masterpieces at Scarab Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and then explore the galleries of Porcupine Ceramics.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Umhlanga Rocks to Knysna in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Umhlanga Rocks in August, expect Knysna to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Shopping · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Hermanus, South Africa

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then take in the exciting artwork at Originals Gallery. On your second day here, do a tasting at Bouchard Finlayson Winery, then browse the different shops at Village Square, then look for gifts at Funky Vibes, and finally explore the galleries of Lembu Gallery & Studio.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Hermanus route planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hermanus when traveling from Knysna in August, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Cape Town, South Africa

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. Visiting Cape Point and Lion's Head will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at The Old Biscuit Mill, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, browse the different shops at Cape Quarter Mall, and take a stroll through Bo-kaap.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town driving holiday tool.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 30:

Zanzibar Island travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.

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.