South Africa 11-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 10 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to South Africa.

With 11 days in South Africa, you can explore both of the country’s big cities and countryside at a more relaxed pace and include some added side trips away from the beaten path. Fly open-jaw from Cape Town to Johannesburg to check out both the Atlantic Seaboard and spend time on safari in the north. Add an extra day exploring the lesser-known national parks in Botswana and Zimbabwe, or relax on the scenic estates of the Winelands

See more options below, or read about our favorite 11-day itineraries to South Africa.

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A road in the Western Cape, South Africa
Map of South Africa Self-Drive Tour - 11 Days
South Africa Self-Drive Tour - 11 Days

This stunning road-trip itinerary encompasses urban sophistication, a wildlife safari, and one of the country's best wine regions—all in the span of 11 days. Kick off in Cape Town, where you'll have four days to explore the city's culture and hiking trails. From here, drive to a beautiful private game reserve that is home to the Big Five. Finish in the Franschhoek Valley to see some of the best wine estates and gardens in South  Africa.

Tsitsikamma National Park
Map of Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 11 Days
Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 11 Days

Eleven days will allow you to encounter many of the highlights of the Western Cape with this itinerary. You'll start off in Cape Town with scenic city tours, wine tastings, and a shark dive before you set out on the Garden Route. This classic road trip will wind you through wilderness, wildlife, and more wine before loop back to Cape Town to depart.

Elephant excursion
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 11 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 11 Days

Enjoy 11 days amid some of South Africa's most enticing attractions with this trip plan. You'll embark to Cape Town to start, with three nights in the urban environment to experiment with the city's culinary and cultural attractions. A brief intermission in Johannesburg will educate you on some of that city's expansive history, then go on to experience the ecological side of South Africa with three nights on safari in Kruger National Park and two more atop the sandy expanses of the Thonga Beach Lodge.

Oyster action
Map of South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 11 Days
South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 11 Days

Experience 11 days of edible education with this South Africa itinerary. You'll learn about the history of Cape Town via food tour, followed by lessons in wine appreciation, salt curing, and oyster tasting along the Garden Route. Continue the curriculum in Johannesburg with dinner and storytelling around a fire, a cast-iron cooking class, and more—all complete with samples, of course.

Protea flowers in bloom
Map of Discover South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Tswalu Kalahari - 11 Days
Discover South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Tswalu Kalahari - 11 Days

Frolic through the fynbos for 11 days of some favorite South African attractions. You'll drive the scenic coastal roads outside Cape Town, dive into a shark cage encounter, and gaze out from Table Mountain over the city. Follow it up with the famous vineyards of Franschhoek and a safari to find the many flora and fauna of the Kalahari.

Viewing deck in Kruger
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 11 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 11 Days

Spend eleven days exploring some of South Africa's essential spots on this itinerary. You'll start off in Cape Town with day trips out to the Winelands and up the coast, then head over to Johannesburg for engaging dinner experiences and a tour of the Soweto township. Venture into Kruger National Park for an extensive safari before following the Panorama Route back to Johannesburg.

Baobab at Mana Pools
Map of South Africa and Zimbabwe Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, & More - 11 Days
South Africa and Zimbabwe Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, & More - 11 Days

Crocodiles have been on earth for roughly 200 million years. See if you can find one and ask it some historical questions on this 11-day trip. You'll start out gazing out at Cape Town from atop Table Mountain and sipping the famous vintages of the Winelands, then head out on safari through Sabi Sands reserve and the Hwange and Mana Pools national parks to see what you can learn.

Grazing hippo in Chobe National Park
Map of Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 11 Days
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 11 Days

You'll experience eleven days exploring both the wildlife of Southern Africa and city of Cape Town on this itinerary. Your start in Cape Town offers a chance to experience the attractions of both the city itself and its surrounding natural beauty at points like the Chapman's Peak scenic drive, Cape of Good Hope, and more. Go into the wild in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park, then to the rushing cascades of Victoria Falls. End your trip relaxing down the river on a houseboat safari through Chobe National Park.

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