South Africa 10-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 29 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to South Africa.

With 10 full days in the country, travelers can explore South Africa from the ocean to the savannah. Rent a car and check out small towns and wineries as you drive along the Atlantic Seaboard, or make the most of your time with domestic flights between the cities and big parks.

First-time travelers to South Africa should plan to fly into Cape Town and spend some time in the Winelands before heading inland. Choose from a variety of safari adventures—from Tswalu Kalahari to Chobe National Park—for excellent wildlife viewing. If you prefer to see more remote parts of southern Africa, flying to Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe via Hwange is a great way to experience a safari off the beaten path. 

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Map of 10 Days in South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari
10 Days in South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari

This tour takes you from the sights of Cape Town to the lush Overberg, followed by an exceptional safari experience. Enjoy some of South Africa's most sought-after destinations across the diverse Western and Eastern Cape Provinces.

Bloukran's Bridge
Map of Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 10 Days
Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 10 Days

Spend 10 days taking in the Western Cape with this trip plan. You'll explore Cape Town and see Table Mountain from both a distant beach and right under your feet, sample the wines of Stellenbosch, and dive into a great white cage encounter before you hit the road on the Garden Route for canoeing, hiking, animal encounters, and more.

Greenmarket Square in Cape Town
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 10 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 10 Days

Take a 10-day trek through the tales of South Africa with this trip plan. Listen to the wind blowing in across Cape Town from atop Table Mountain or rustling through the vineyards of the Winelands, then get in touch with the country's human history on a Cape Town city tour and over dinner in Johannesburg. You'll end your trip listening to the bird calls and animals of Kruger National Park on safari.

A lion at Kruger National Park
Map of South Africa Wildlife Road Trip - 10 Days
South Africa Wildlife Road Trip - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary is the ultimate introduction to South Africa for animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Start your adventure with two nights in Kruger National Park followed by a self-drive tour from the Eastern Cape through the Garden Route and all the way to Cape Town while seeing members of the Big Five, as well as ostriches, penguins, meerkats, and a range of marine life off the South Atlantic Coast.

Within Chobe National Park
Map of Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park - 10 Days
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park - 10 Days

Take 10 days to travel through some of the wildest parts of Southern Africa with this trip plan. You'll start in Cape Town to experience urban life, touring the surrounding natural attractions and the city's wine scene, before you start your safari time in Sabi Sands, adjacent to Kruger National Park. From there, fly to Victoria Falls to take in the famous waterfalls, then continue on some slower waters with a houseboat trip down the Zambezi.

Turtle tots make there way to the ocean
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Safari & Beach - 10 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Safari & Beach - 10 Days

Take 10 days to get a taste of some of the urban and natural attractions of South Africa on this trip. Your tour takes off in Cape Town, taking in the views from Table Mountain and tasting wine and cheese from the Winelands. Transfer to Kruger National Park to traverse the wild landscapes and treetop creatures, then travel down to Thonga Beach Lodge to work on your tan and turtle time.

Family on Safari
Map of South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Safari - 10 Days
South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Safari - 10 Days

Experience the best of South Africa's stunning scenery and wildlife with this 10-day family trip. Whiz up iconic Table Mountain by cable car, then explore the country's scenic Garden Route and vineyards before going on a safari at the luxury Shamwari Game Reserve. Along the way, you'll make pals with African penguins, see the Big Five, zipline across a ravine, and get in some beach time at beautiful Knysna.

Safari in the vast South African countryside
Wildlife & Culture in South Africa - 10 Days

Explore South Africa's culture and wildlife on this 10-day trip, starting in the vibrant city of Cape Town with a tour of the Cape Peninsula, a visit to Boulders Beach to view the penguins, and a whale-watching cruise near Walker Bay. Then hop aboard the luxury train Rovos Rail to traverse the country, stopping in Matjiesfontein, Kimberely, and Pretoria along the way. End your trip with a flight to Thornybush Game Reserve for daily safaris and dinners in a luxury tented camp under the stars.

Drakensberg
Map of South Africa Self-Drive Adventure - 10 Days
South Africa Self-Drive Adventure - 10 Days

Hit the road on this 10-day self-drive adventure to explore the highlights of South Africa's eastern region. First, travel along the Panorama Route, one of the most scenic drives in the country, then continue to the majestic plateaus of the Drakensberg escarpment. After enjoying nature hikes and mountain fun, travel to the coast for boat tours and safaris to spot exotic animals like leopards and rhinos.

An aerial view over Cape Town
Map of Highlights of South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Safari - 10 Days
Highlights of South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Safari - 10 Days

This itinerary will start in Cape Town, where you will have a few days to explore the culturally-rich and scenic city, including a visit to Robben Island as well as a cable car ride up to Table Mountain.  You will then drive through the Cape to the quaint town, Caledon, before exploring the Klein Karoo and spending a night in Oudtshoorn. Over the next few days, you will discover the famous Garden Route while staying in Knysna before heading to Amakhala Game Reserve for two days of safari.

Sunset over Clifton Beach, Cape Town
Map of Self-Drive Tour of South Africa's Coast: Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Durban & St Lucia - 10 Days
Self-Drive Tour of South Africa's Coast: Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Durban & St Lucia - 10 Days

From bustling Cape Town to secluded St Lucia, you'll see the best that South Africa's Atlantic and Indian coasts have to offer on this 10-day self-drive itinerary. Experience golden beaches in Durban, take in stunning views from atop Table Mountain, and come face to face with hippos and crocodiles in iSimangaliso Wetland Park as you create lasting memories on this South African adventure.

Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa
Map of East South Africa Adventure: Durban, eSwatini & Kruger - 10 Days
East South Africa Adventure: Durban, eSwatini & Kruger - 10 Days

This 10-day tour of eastern South Africa kicks off in Durban, the country's third-largest city known for its surf culture, Indian heritage, and bunny chow. Spot hippos and crocs at a UNESCO World Heritage-listed reserve, learn about Swazi culture as you cross the kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), and spend two days driving around Kruger National Park seeking out lions, elephants, and leopards.

Gather 'round the braai
Map of South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 10 Days
South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 10 Days

Take ten days to tease your taste buds on this trip through South Africa's treats. You'll start with three days in Cape Town to walk the city streets on a guided food tour and visit the Winelands, then stop in the smaller towns of Elgin and Knsyna to explore their farm-to-table scenes. End your trip around the bonfire in Johannesburg with storytelling and barbecue-style dining.

Quayside, Cape Town
Map of South Africa Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & Eastern Cape Safari - 10 Days
South Africa Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & Eastern Cape Safari - 10 Days

Travel for 10 days through tantalizing South Africa on this trip plan. You'll bask in the sea air on your face as you take the scenic route up the coast, then feel the fins of great whites swimming past you on a cage dive. Relax in the Winelands as you enjoy their classic vintages, then go wildlife spotting on a safari on the Eastern Cape.

Let the young explorers in your life discover South Africa's extensive wildlife
Map of South African Family Safari: Cape Town,  Kruger National Park & Johannesburg - 10 Days
South African Family Safari: Cape Town, Kruger National Park & Johannesburg - 10 Days

Challenge your perception of family travel with this adventurous itinerary. Can you really take kids on safari, wine tasting, or hiking? The answer is yes, absolutely―if you do it right! As you travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg via Kruger National Park, you'll discover tours tailored to be safe but exciting, with plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Get up close to South Africa's wildlife, learn about its history and culture firsthand, and relax while you and the kids have the time of your lives.

Experience a family safari
Map of Southern African Safari for Families: Kapama, Cape Town & Victoria Falls - 10 Days
Southern African Safari for Families: Kapama, Cape Town & Victoria Falls - 10 Days

Experience the best of South Africa's wildlife and stunning natural beauty with this 10-day family trip. From vibrant Johannesburg to cosmopolitan Cape Town, you'll safari in the Kruger National Park and witness the majesty of Victoria Falls. Along the way, discover penguins, pirate ships, and plenty of adventure as you and your family experience the warmth of traditional African culture and hospitality.

Family time on the beaches of Cape Town
Map of Adventure, Safari & Family Fun in South Africa: Cape Town & the Garden Route - 10 Days
Adventure, Safari & Family Fun in South Africa: Cape Town & the Garden Route - 10 Days

This 10-day family trip to South Africa blends the perfect mix of adventure, excursions, and luxury downtime as you explore the country's scenic Garden Route and Western Cape. Start in lively Cape Town, where you'll scale Table Mountain by cable car before touring the surrounding wine country. Introduce the kids to Africa's iconic Big Five as you safari in Gondwana before winding up on the pristine shores of Knysna and catching a sunset cruise along the lagoon.

A family holiday to remember in South Africa
Map of South Africa for Families: Cape Town, Pilanesberg National Park & Sun City - 10 Days
South Africa for Families: Cape Town, Pilanesberg National Park & Sun City - 10 Days

Experience the very best of South Africa on this 10-day, action-packed family adventure. Journey from stunning Cape Town to vibrant Johannesburg via safari in the Pilanesberg National Park and waterpark fun at Sun City Resort. Along the way, you'll meet the Big Five on a sunrise safari, tour Cape Point, discover the country's journey to end Apartheid in Soweto, and visit a family-friendly winery in the Western Cape.

Mix adventure and luxury on a trip to South Africa (photo courtesy of Dulini)
Map of South Africa Luxury Safari: Cape Town, Winelands, Sabi Sands & White River - 10 Days
South Africa Luxury Safari: Cape Town, Winelands, Sabi Sands & White River - 10 Days

Experience a more luxurious style of safari with this 10-day South African adventure. After an introduction to Cape Town, set off into the Cape Winelands for private vineyard tours and tastings. Then, it's on to the main event—an exclusive safari experience in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Seek out Big Five wildlife on game drives and bush walks, then retire to your 5-star lodge each evening. End with a scenic trip along the Panorama Route to glimpse the dramatic vistas of the Blyde River Canyon.

Spot klipspringer and smaller wildlife alongside the Big Five on this South African safari
Map of South Africa Off-the-Beaten-Track Safari - 10 Days
South Africa Off-the-Beaten-Track Safari - 10 Days

Avoid the crowds as you enjoy 10 days of safari and cultural adventures around the most secluded and beautiful locales in South Africa. You're in control as you get behind the wheel and hit the road to the mountains and waterfalls of Magoebaskloof, the Soutpansberg Conservancy, and the vast savannas of Mapungubwe National Park, where safari excursions await. You'll also stay in 5-star bush lodges in private game reserves abounding with more exotic wildlife, like the rare white rhino.

Between Kruger National Park and the private Sabi Sands, you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot big cats and other Big Five game
Map of South African Safari Highlights: Kruger, Sabi Sands & Cape Town - 10 Days
South African Safari Highlights: Kruger, Sabi Sands & Cape Town - 10 Days

Perfect for first-timers and those looking for the quintessential South African safari experience, this 10-day itinerary bases you between Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Reserve, where you'll spot lions and rhinos on game drives, take sunset bush walks through the savanna, and fall asleep to the sounds of the bushveld in luxury lodges. After plenty of safari adventures, your trip winds down in Cape Town for penguin tours, wine tastings, cooking workshops, and more.

Stay two nights on the edge of South Africa's Kruger National Park (photo courtesy of Walkers Plains)
Map of Luxury South Africa Safaris & Beyond: Kruger, Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls - 10 Days
Luxury South Africa Safaris & Beyond: Kruger, Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls - 10 Days

Make South Africa your base for safari adventures that will take you from Kruger National Park up to the wetlands of Botswana and the cascades of Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Along the way, you'll spot zebras, hyenas, impalas, giraffes, elephants, and lions—and visit a black rhino sanctuary. In between all these outdoor experiences, there will be plenty of relaxed free time at luxury bush lodges where nightly al fresco dinners are the highlight.

Enjoy gourmet meals and Big Five animal sightings during a luxury safari (photo courtesy of Walkers Plains)
Map of Luxury South Africa Food, Wine & Safari Adventure - 10 Days
Luxury South Africa Food, Wine & Safari Adventure - 10 Days

See and taste the best of South Africa over 10 packed days that will not only take you on an epic safari but also to the most captivating corners of its top cities (and therefore best restaurants). It's a luxury tour that kicks off with fine dining and champagne cruises in Cape Town, then continues to the lush vineyards of Cape Winelands to taste the fruits of its terroir. The last leg of the trip will see you on safari at a private nature reserve before walking in the footsteps of history in Johannesburg.

Your safari adventure starts in Kruger, where you'll spot elephants and other Big Five wildlife
Map of Adventurous Self-Drive Safari in South Africa - 10 Days
Adventurous Self-Drive Safari in South Africa - 10 Days

With 10 days in South Africa, you can combine the ultimate safari experience with the freedom of an adventurous road trip. Hop between Kruger and Sabi Sands for a packed itinerary of game drives and bush walks, spending your evenings in comfort at luxury bush lodges. Then it's time to trade big game for natural wonders as you strike out north toward the dramatic landscapes of Blyde River Canyon and the Graskop Gorge.

Finish the trip with four nights at a secluded beach resort on the Indian Ocean (photo courtesy of Thonga Beach Lodge)
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Safari & Beach Luxury in South Africa - 10 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path Safari & Beach Luxury in South Africa - 10 Days

Experience some off-the-beaten-path highlights of eastern South Africa on a trip around Johannesburg and the coastal KwaZulu region. This is a luxury tour, meaning you'll enjoy first-class dining and accommodations, including at some of the finest hotels, safari lodges, and beach resorts in the country. Highlights include mingling with locals in the historic districts of "Joburg," spotting Big Five safari animals at the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, snorkeling in the Indian Ocean, and much more.

Experience a family-focused safari adventure in the malaria-free Eastern Cape (photo courtesy of Shamwari Game Reserve)
Map of Family-Friendly South Africa: Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Eastern Cape Safari - 10 Days
Family-Friendly South Africa: Cape Town, Stellenbosch & Eastern Cape Safari - 10 Days

This 10-day South Africa family adventure starts with coastal fun in Cape Town, where you'll ride cable cars up Table Mountain and meet the penguins of Boulder Beach. Continue to Stellenbosch for kid-friendly excursions in the Winelands, then end with a bucket-list family safari experience in the malaria-free Eastern Cape—where you'll embark on game drives through the Shamwari Private Game Reserve and learn more about the reserve's wildlife rehabilitation efforts.

Experience the ultimate in bushveld luxury at Sindile Safari Lodge (photo courtesy of Shamwari)
Map of Luxury South Africa Highlights: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari - 10 Days
Luxury South Africa Highlights: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari - 10 Days

Experience the best of Africa as you explore the savannas, cities, and coast of the continent's southernmost nation. On this luxury escape, stay at the finest hotels and dine at the best restaurants, starting in Cape Town, a city famous for its beautiful coast and iconic landmarks. Then, after touring the vineyards of the Cape Winelands region, hit the road down the Garden Route (one of the most famous coastal drives in the world) and finish with safaris to spot big cats in the Eastern Cape.

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