South Africa is a large country, but with ten days you see quite a bit, from the southern Cape provinces to Kruger National Park in the north. Or you can focus your energy on getting to know a particular region like Cape Town, the neighboring Winelands, and the coastal Garden Route in-depth. And safari buffs can even combine South Africa with the highlight sights of neighboring countries, such as Victoria Falls and Botswana’s Chobe National Park.

Itinerary #1: Classic Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari 

This 10-day tour of South Africa combines the two top cities and the country's most important national park for safaris. You’ll experience the very best of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and thrill to bush walks, game drives, and a visit to an animal rescue center in Kruger.

Lighthouse at Cape of Good Hope
Lighthouse at Cape of Good Hope
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, City Tour & Table Mountain Cape Town
Day 2 Wine Tour in the Cape Winelands Cape Town
Day 3 Atlantic Seaboard & Cape Peninsula Cape Town
Day 4 Cape Town to Johannesburg & African Dinner Johannesburg
Day 5 Soweto Township Visit, Traditional Dinner, & Local Storytelling Johannesburg
Day 6 Safari Arrival Day, Big 5 Night Drive, & Bush Braai Kruger National Park
Day 7 Big 5 Sunrise Bush Walk Kruger National Park
Day 8 Full Day in Kruger National Park Kruger National Park
Day 9 Blyde River Canyon with Three Rondavels Johannesburg
Day 10 Depart Johannesburg  


You’ll arrive in Cape Town with time to explore such city landmarks as Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope, and the District Six Museum, which commemorates forced relocation under apartheid. You’ll also take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain.

Days two and three are dedicated to visiting wineries in the Winelands, including savoring regional wines and delicious foods, followed by a Cape Peninsula driving tour to the Cape of Good Hope, at Africa’s southernmost tip. Of course, you’ll stop en route to visit the penguin colony at Simons Town and swim at Maidens Cove.

On day four you’ll fly to Johannesburg for two days in South Africa’s largest and most vibrant city. Here you’ll visit the Nelson Mandela Museum, plus enjoy a guided tour of Soweto township, and a walking tour of the Maboneng Precinct, a former industrial zone that has been transformed with art galleries, restaurants, markets, and a buzzing nightlife. Or opt to visit the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens. A highlight will be an interactive culinary experience that spans the African continent.

Day six you’ll travel to Kruger National Park, considered the crown jewel of South Africa’s game parks. Here you’ll spend three days on the lookout for the Big Five—elephants, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard—and other creatures during open-vehicle game drives, and a sunrise bush walk along the Olifants River. You’ll also view Stone Age archaeological sites and even visit the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center, where injured and orphaned animals and birds are cared for.

On day nine return to Johannesburg via the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, whose precipitous cliffs include the iconic Three Rondavels. On day ten transfer to the airport for your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure

Melding the best of Cape Town, the Winelands, and the stunning Garden Route, this well-rounded trip delivers a smorgasbord of scenic treats, plus wine-tasting, a safari, and a cage-dive with great white sharks.

Cage-dive with great white sharks
Cage-dive with great white sharks
Day Highlights Overnight Location
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, Bloubergstrand Beach Cape Town
Day 2 Cape Town City Tour & Table Mountain Cape Town
Day 3 Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Pensinsula, & Stellenbosch Stellenbosch
Day 4 Stellenbosch to Cape Agulhas, Wine Tasting Cape Agulhas
Day 5 Shark Cage Diving Adventure Cape Town
Day 6 Garden Route Drive & Wilderness Canoe Sedgefield
Day 7 Bungee Jumping or Tsitsikamma National Park Jeffreys Bay
Day 8 Addo Elephant National Park Safari, Explore Jeffrey's Bay Jeffreys Bay
Day 9 Oudtshoorn, Caves, & Ostriches Oudtshoorn
Day 10 Wine Tasting on Route 62 & Depart Cape Town Cape Town


On day one, you’ll arrive Cape Town and spend the afternoon relaxing at Bloubergstrand Beach, then dine in style at an open-plan demo kitchen. Next morning is filled exploring the historic city highlights, while in the afternoon delight to a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. Day three drive south along the dramatically scenic Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. After viewing the penguin colony at Simons Town, head inland to Stellenboch.

Day four visit with locals in Kayamandi Township for ginger beer and regional Xhosa snacks. Then on to Simonsig Winery to sample South Africa’ sparkling wine, and postcard-perfect Franschhoek for wine tasting paired with chocolates. Finally, head to Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost point. Day five you’ll drive to Kleinbaai for a thrilling full-day diving adventure with great white sharks from the safety of a shark-proof cage.

You’ll follow the Garden Route on day six along winding mountain roads for canoeing in Wilderness National Park. End the day in lovely Knysna. Day seven, continue via Plettenberg Bay to Bloukran's Bridge where travelers can leap into the gorge from the world's highest bridge bungee jump, or hike in nearby Tsitsikamma National Park. End in Jeffrey's Bay, nicknamed 'Surf City.'

Up early on day eight for an exciting game drive in Addo Elephant National Park, followed by free time in Jeffrey's Bay for surfing or other activity. Day nine, wind through the Langkloof Mountains and Klein Karoo, home turf of the African ostrich. You’ll visit Cango Ostrich Show Farm, plus explore underground in Cango Caves to admire dripstone formations and prehistoric pictographs. Next day follow scenic Route 62, stopping at Ronnie's Sex Shop, a legendary roadside bar festooned with quirky miscellany. Continue to Cape Town airport for your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Southern Africa Safari, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park

This multi-country itinerary combines sophisticated Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, and the Winelands with a safari through Sabi Sands Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park, plus the majesty of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and Namibia’s watery and wildlife-rich Chobe National Park by houseboat.

Zebra in Chobe National Park
Zebra in Chobe National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, City Tour & Table Mountain Cape Town
Day 2 Cape Peninsula Tour, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden Cape Town
Day 3 Cheese, Wine, & Chocolate Tour Cape Town
Day 4 Cape Town to Sabi Sands Safari Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Days 5-6 On Safari in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Day 7 Sabi Sands to Victoria Falls Victoria Falls
Day 8 Victoria Falls to Chobe Safari, Zambezi Queen Houseboat Chobe National Park
Day 9 Houseboat Safari in Chobe National Park Chobe National Park
Day 10 Depart Namibia via Johannesburg  


Begin by exploring such city Cape Town landmarks as Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope, and the District Six Museum, plus take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. Day two is given to exploring the dramatic shoreline of Cape Peninsula, including Cape of Good Hope and Simons’ Town penguin colony, plus Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, where a highlight will be a walk along the curved steel and timber Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway. Next day, foodies will particularly enjoy a full-day indulgence in the Cape Winelands, with visits to three notable wineries in and around Stellenbosch to savor fine wines, cheeses, and dark Belgian chocolates.

On day four you’ll fly to Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park. Based at a deluxe game lodge, you’ll spend three days heading out on morning and afternoon game drives and walking safaris in search of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) plus more elusive nocturnal wildlife.

Fly to Livingstone Airport in Zambia on day seven, then transfer to the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls, where your hotel has a sensational locale overlooking "The Smoke that Thunders." You’ll also delight in an afternoon dinner cruise along the Upper Zambezi.

Next day, transfer to Namibia and board the Zambezi Queen houseboat for two days sensational wildlife viewing as you cruise the waterways of Chobe National Park. Chobe boasts the world's largest concentration of African elephants, large pods of hippos, plus massive herds of Cape buffalo, and many lions and other predators. On day ten you’ll fly to Maun airport for your onward flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Cape Town, Kruger Safari, & South Africa's Beaches

There’s so much to see and do in South Africa, and you’ll discover it on this 10-day adventure. You’ll explore Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, and the Winelands, but you’ll also thrill to three days on safari, plus sea-kayaking, turtle-viewing, and other fantastic activities by the Indian Ocean.

Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles in Cape Town
Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles in Cape Town
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, City Tour & Table Mountain Cape Town
Day 2 Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Peninsula, & Wine Tasting Cape Town
Day 3 Cheese, Wine, & Chocolate Tour Cape Town
Day 4 Cape Town to Kruger, Big 5 Night Drive Kruger National Park
Day 5 Transfer from Safari Lodge to Bush Camp Kruger National Park
Day 6 Safari Camp, Bush Walk Kruger National Park
Day 7 Transfer from Safari to Thonga Beach Lodge Thonga Beach
Days 8-9 Thonga Activities: SCUBA, Snorkeling, & Sea Turtles Thonga Beach
Day 10 Transfer to Johannesburg from Thonga, Departure  


You’ll arrive in Cape Town, with time to explore such city landmarks as Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope, and the District Six Museum, plus take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. On day two drive south along the dramatically scenic Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope.

After viewing the penguin colony at Simons Town, head inland via Muizenberg—famous for its surfing—for wine tasting in the Constantia Winelands. Next day, foodies will particularly enjoy a full-day indulgence in the Cape Winelands, with visits to three notable wineries in and around Stellenbosch to savor fine wines, cheeses, and dark Belgian chocolates.

Transfer to Kruger National Park on day four. A night in a safari lodge and two nights at a bush camp guarantee sensational wildlife viewing on game drives and bush walks by day and night. You’re virtually guaranteed fabulous close-up experiences with zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino, and lions, as well as such nocturnal creatures as aardarks and brown hyenas. 

On day seven fly to iSimangaliso Wetland Park and transfer to Thonga Beach Lodge, beside the Indian Ocean. Days eight and nine are full with such fun activities as snorkeling, SCUBA diving, sea-kayaking, and even a nighttime turtle-viewing beach walk in November to January nesting season. On day ten, transfer to Johannesburg for your onward flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #5: South Africa Family Adventure

Whether you’re traveling with wee ones of adolescents, a family adventure is sure to awe kids of all ages. Ascend Table Mountain in a cable car, view meerkats eye-to-eye, and more.

Leopard
Leopard
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, Family Time on the Beach Cape Town
Day 2 Mountain Peaks & Pirate Ships Cape Town
Day 3 Peninsula Day: Cape Point, Penguins, & Playgrounds Cape Town
Day 4 Family Fun in Franschhoek Elgin
Day 5 Elgin Adventures: Zip Lining, Vineyards Maze, & Beach Zorb-balls Elgin
Day 6 Big Cats & Big Milkshakes: Elgin to Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn
Day 7 Meerkat Morning, Sandboarding & Strawberries, Ocean & Oysters Knysna
Day 8 Arrive at Shamwari Game Reserve Eastern Cape Game Reserve
Day 9 On Safari at Shamwari Game Reserve Eastern Cape Game Reserve
Day 10 Transfer to Cape Town or Johannesburg via Port Elizabeth, Depart  


Start with a Cape Town harbor cruise, or visit the Two Oceans Aquarium or the Diamond Museum. Next morning ride the cable car up Table Mountain to hike at the summit, then view the mountain from the ocean with a trip aboard the Jolly Roger pirate ship, followed by a sunset ride on the Cape Wheel Ferris Wheel. If it’s raining, head to the Planetarium and Science Center

Day three, journey along the Cape Peninsula, then visit the penguin sanctuary at Boulders Beach, maybe by renting a sea kayak to feel as-one with the penguins. You’ll also visit the Kommetjie Imhoff Village to interact with farm animals, and perhaps enjoy a horseback ride along the beach or even a coastal train ride to Muizenberg

Next day start with a sensory experience at Babylonstroen Winelands and Gardens, then head to Boschendal, South Africa's second-oldest wine farm, which offers farm learning experiences for kids. A ride on the Wine Tram adds to the fun, as does learning to make chocolate at the Huguenots Chocolate Shop or maybe a visit to the Franschhoek Motor Museum.

Day five includes a zip line ride at the Cape Canopy Tour Adventure Park, exploring the vineyard maze at family-friendly Southhill Vineyards, and paddle-boarding the lake at the mountaintop Old Mac Daddy farm lodge. Next day hit famous Route 62 for Oudtshoorn, stopping en-route for a half-day adventure at the Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary, dedicated to rescuing big cats; kids will love the enrichment tour.

Day seven, visit a game reserve for a meerkat encounter as you eat breakfast in the bush. Continue to Mossel Bay to sandboard on South Africa’s largest dune. Then it’s on to a strawberry farm for lunch and more fun activities. You’ll arrive in the seaside town of Knysna with time for a sunset yacht cruise along the coast. Next day, transfer to Shamwari, a luxury private game reserve with a special Kids on Safari Adventure. Your two days here include game drives, birding, walking safaris, and a visit to the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Center. Day ten, transfer to Port Elizabeth for connecting flights home. Learn more

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Map of 10 Days in South Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in South Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas