36 days in Zimbabwe, South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

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Fly to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly
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St Lucia, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Cape Agulhas, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Walvis Bay, Namibia
— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Siduli Hide. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Prime Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls road trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Victoria Falls is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Victoria Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in April, you will find days in Victoria Falls are much hotter (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit, South Africa — 2 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.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels and then stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. On your second day here, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Qualito Craft Distillery and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip planning site.

Drive from Victoria Falls to Hoedspruit in 14 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Hazyview.
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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.
Visiting Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Lisbon Falls will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Whispers and The Elephant Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Wonder View (in Graskop), Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Sudwala Caves (in Nelspruit). There's more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Hazyview takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to St Lucia.
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St Lucia, South Africa — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll through Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our St Lucia trip planning site.

You can fly from Hazyview to St Lucia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Port Elizabeth.
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa — 4 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Explore hidden gems such as Shamwari Game Reserve and Kragga Kamma Game Park. Visiting Safaris and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. When in Port Elizabeth, make a side trip to see Paradise Beach in Jeffreys Bay, approximately Jeffreys Bay away. The adventure continues: stroll through Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds and kick back and relax at Hobie Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth vacation tool.

You can fly from St Lucia to Port Elizabeth in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Port Elizabeth are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa — 5 nights

As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Step out of the city life by going to Garden Route National Park and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nelson Bay Cave and Knysna Museum. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Old Gaol and Art Gallery, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more) and Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's more to do: stroll through Radical Raptors and enjoy the sand and surf at Sanctuary Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay itinerary maker app.

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Dorp Street and Groot Constantia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Franschhoek Motor Museum and !Khwa ttu. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek (Glenwood Vineyards, La Motte Wine Estate, &more), Betty's Bay (Stony Point Penguin Colony & Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens) and Stellenbosch (Eagle Encounters, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, &more). There's lots more to do: meet some fierce fish with Pisces Divers, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, examine the collection at Cape Town Diamond Museum, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Cape Agulhas.
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Cape Agulhas, South Africa — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Caves, then pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Church, and then take in the exciting artwork at Oh My ArtsCrafts. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

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You can drive from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas in 3 hours. In May in Cape Agulhas, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Walvis Bay.
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Walvis Bay, Namibia — 5 nights

A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dune 7 and Flamingo lagoon. Venture out of the city with trips to Swakopmund (Karakulia Weavers, Swakopmund Museum, &more). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, take a leisurely stroll along Walvis Bay Waterfront, and admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Walvis Bay tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cape Agulhas to Walvis Bay by car takes about 20 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Agulhas to Walvis Bay is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Agulhas in May, expect nights in Walvis Bay to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
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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Namibia travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.
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