With multiple weeks in South Africa, you can truly explore far and wide, returning home with memories of the game parks, Cape Winelands, and neighboring Botswana, Namibia, and even Mauritius. Wildlife lovers can follow the Garden Route to Addo Elephant National Park and Kruger National Park or paddle the Okavango Delta and take a sunset boat ride to Victoria Falls. Or, spend your time on a wellness retreat that includes spa treatments, gourmet dining, and water activities in the Indian Ocean.

Itinerary #1: Country of Contrasts Road Trip

Explore South Africa in-depth with this country of contrasts itinerary to experience the top attractions of Cape Town, the coastline, and game parks. You'll tour Robben Island with former political prisoners, meet face-to-beak with the world's largest bird at an ostrich farm, and take a sunrise bush walk in Kruger National Park. Plus, you'll get to experience the scenic beauty of the Wild Coast, with free time for horseback riding, learning to surf, or practicing yoga.

Beach-lined Cape Town suburb
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town Cape Town
Day 2 Cape Town City Tour & Table Mountain Cape Town
Day 3 Atlantic Seaboard & Cape Peninsula Cape Town
Day 4 Guided Cuisine & Culture Tour Cape Town
Day 5 Cape Town Township & Robben Island Museum Cape Town
Day 6 Cape Town to Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn
Day 7 Oudtshoorn to Sedgefield, Cango Caves Sedgefield
Day 8 Bungee Jumping or Tsitsikamma National Park Jeffreys Bay
Day 9 Free Day in Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay
Day 10 Jeffreys Bay to Chintsa, Addo Elephant National Park Chintsa
Day 11 Free Day in Chintsa Chintsa
Day 12 Chintsa to Coffee Bay, Nelson Mandela Hometown Visit Coffee Bay
Day 13 Free Day in Coffee Bay Coffee Bay
Day 14 Coffee Bay to Drakensberg Drakensberg
Day 15 Hiking or 4x4 Ride in Drakensberg Drakensberg
Day 16 Drakensberg to Dundee, Culture & Nature Dundee
Day 17 Dundee to Nelspruit, Historical Tour Nelspruit
Day 18 Nelspruit to Kruger, Game Drive Kruger National Park
Day 19 Kruger to Hazyview, Sunrise Bush Walk Hazyview
Day 20 Hazyview to Johannesburg Johannesburg
Day 21 Depart Johannesburg  


Travel through a kaleidoscope of terrains rich in wildlife, history, and distinct cultures, as your journey spans the length of South Africa. You'll start with five days in Cape Town, including riding the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain, a gourmet indulgence on a private cuisine tour, plus a visit to Robben Island in the company of former political prisoners. Then through Cape Winelands to Oudsthoorn, stopping at an ostrich farm and exploring the underground Cango Cave before heading along the Wild Coast.

Here, daring travelers can bungee jump from Bloukran's Bridge and/or paddleboard, scuba dive, and learn to surf in Jeffrey's Bay before heading to Addo Elephant National Park, the third-largest of South Africa's 19 national parks. Then onto Nelson Mandela's hometown of Qunu and into the Drakensberg Mountains for hiking or a 4x4 adventure. After exploring KwaZulu-Natal, end with a sunrise game drive in Kruger National Park before ending your road trip in Johannesburg. Learn more.

Itinerary #2: Classic South Africa and Mauritius

The name of this trip plan says it all: this is a quintessential South Africa experience, particularly for first-time visitors. You'll have a comprehensive exploration of Cape Town, four days of game viewing in Kruger National Park, plus a week to enjoy exciting activities as well as relax in Mauritius.

Le Morne Brabant mountain on Mauritius
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 Township & Robben Island Museum Cape Town
Day 5 Fauna & Flora at Kirstenbosch Gardens Cape Town
Day 6 Guided Cuisine & Culture Tour Cape Town
Day 7 Cape Town to Johannesburg & African Dinner Johannesburg
Day 8 Soweto Township Visit, Traditional Dinner & Local Storytelling Johannesburg
Day 9 Safari Arrival Day, Big Five Night Drive & Bush Braai Kruger National Park
Day 10 Big Five Sunrise Bush Walk Kruger National Park
Day 11 Full Day in Kruger National Park Kruger National Park
Day 12 Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre Kruger National Park
Day 13 Blyde River Canyon with Three Rondavels Johannesburg
Day 14 Arrive in Mauritius, Beach & Bras d'Eau National Park Mauritius
Day 15 Luxury Speed Boat to Ile aux Cerfs Island Mauritius
Day 16 Domaine de L’Etoile Hike & Zipline Mauritius
Day 17 Grand Baie & Island Rum Tasting Mauritius
Day 18 Aquarium & Mauritius Botanical Gardens Mauritius
Day 19 Port Louis, Sugar Museum & Sunset Catamaran Cruise Mauritius
Day 20 Full Day Chamarel Tour & 7-Colored Earth Mauritius
Day 21 Depart Mauritius  


Take three weeks to fully immerse yourself in three of Southern Africa's most iconic destinations, combining its top city, game park, and resort island. You'll begin with an entire week in Cape Town packed full of activities, from a cable ride up Table Mountain to wine-tasting in the Cape Winelands, a coastal foray to the Cape of Good Hope, and a tour of Robben Island Museum led by former political prisoners. Then fly to Johannesburg for a traditional-style African dinner, a visit to the Nelson Mandela Museum, and the culturally vibrant Maboneng Precinct.

Next comes four days of game viewing in Kruger National Park, including a sunrise bushwalk and a visit to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center, where injured and orphaned animals and birds are cared for. You'll also visit Blyde River Canyon—one of the world's largest canyons. Finally, you'll fly to Mauritius for a week of rum tasting, catamaran cruises, hiking to the Chamarel Waterfall, and other fun activities, plus plenty of time to snorkel and relax on the beach. Learn more.

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Itinerary #3: Wellness Retreat: Cape Town, Cape Winelands & Mauritius

This well-rounded city and tropical island trip plan includes spa treatments, scenic drives, wine tasting in and around Cape Town, and enriching and pampering experiences on the beautiful subtropical island of Mauritius. 

Vineyard in Cape Winelands
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, Dine With a Chef Cape Town
Day 2 Get Pampered at SALT Boutique Spa Cape Town
Day 3 Morning Yoga & Cape Town Tour Cape Town
Day 4 Cape Peninsula Drive With a Seasonal, Pop-up Lunch Cape Town
Day 5 Wellness Workshop & African Dinner Theater Cape Town
Day 6 Whale Watching in Cape Town Cape Town
Day 7 Organic Spa Treatment & A Visit to Wine Country Cape Town
Day 8 West Coast Cultural Experience & Cederberg Wellness Retreat Cederberg
Day 9 Safari Drive & Traditional Riverside Massage Cederberg
Day 10 Bushman Rock Paintings & Moroccan Mud Mask Treatment Cederberg
Day 11 Mountain Meditation & Beachfront Seafood Feast Cape Town
Day 12 Morning Pilates & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Cape Town
Day 13 Garden Yoga and Vegan Cooking Class with SALT Boutique Cape Town
Day 14 Arrive in Mauritius Mauritius
Day 15 Sightseeing Flight over Mauritius & Holistic Massage Mauritius
Day 16 Hike Ile D'ambre & Sunset Cruise in a Catamaran Mauritius
Day 17 Explore and Snorkel White-sand Islands on a Private Catamaran Mauritius
Day 18 Underwater Adventure & Holistic Island Beauty Treatment Mauritius
Day 19 Sip Infusions Along the Mauritius Tea Route Mauritius
Day 20 Port Louis and the Chamarel Waterfall Mauritius
Day 21 Scenic Drive, Depart  


This 3-week wellness retreat begins with a week in sunny Cape Town dedicated to nourishing activities in this beautiful seaside city. Your luxurious stay at SALT Boutique Guesthouse includes spa treatments and morning yoga, a Cape Peninsula drive, a wellness workshop, whale-watching, plus gourmand experiences in the Stellenbosch wine region. It's then time to trade the seaside breezes for the wilds of West Cape and the serene Cederberg Wellness Retreat, with a riverside treatment, hikes to ancient rock-art sites, and luxurious African foot ritual.

Back in Cape Town, you'll walk the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway and enjoy an interactive cooking class before flying to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. You'll get a bird's-eye view on a flightseeing tour, then snorkel crystal-clear waters, enjoy a sunset cruise, hike to the Chamarel Waterfall, and even explore the ocean depths in a submarine between the luxuriating spa and other healing treatments. Learn more.

More Great South Africa Itineraries

Looking for more inspiration for your trip to South Africa? Check out these other South Africa itineraries, with outdoor adventures, cultural trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights. 

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Map of 3 Weeks in South Africa - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 3 Weeks in South Africa - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas