South Africa 16-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 11 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to South Africa.

With 16 days in the country, travelers can experience a wide variety of South Africa’s landscapes, covering everything from the top highlights to hidden gems. Take a road trip from the Cape Peninsula in the south, along the quirky Garden Route on the Atlantic Coast, north towards Kruger National Park. Or focus your trip on Africa’s many safari options, from Hwange & Mana Pools in Zimbabwe to Chobe National Park in Botswana.

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 16-day trips in South Africa.

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Look for graceful giraffes in a private Eastern Cape game reserve
Map of South Africa Road Trip: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari - 16 Days
South Africa Road Trip: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari - 16 Days

Explore the diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage of South Africa on this 16-day tour across the country. Start in Cape Town, where you can go on a sunrise kayak ride, delve into African art, and visit Robben Island. Then, set off on a road trip to the charming towns of Greyton, Oudtshoorn, and Knysna. Highlights include exploring underground caves, bungee jumping, and interacting with ostriches. Look for the Big Five game animals at a private Eastern Cape reserve to end your trip.

South Africa's Winelands Region
Ultimate Southern Africa Experience: Cape Town, Blue Train, Chobe - 16 Days

This two-week adventure spans southern Africa to mix luxurious activities with rugged safaris. Explore Cape Town's award-winning wine region and walk with penguins on Boulders Beach before catching the 2-night luxury Blue Train to Pretoria. Enjoy glamping-style accommodation while hiking to Victoria Falls, searching for big game in Chobe National Park, and navigating the diverse waters of the Okavango River Delta on traditional wooden boats.

Penguins on parade
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 16 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 16 Days

Spend 16 days sightseeing through South Africa with this itinerary. Start off in Cape Town and survey the scenic views from Table Mountain and seaside cliffs, descend in a shark cage, and sample the city's culinary scene. Switch to Franschhoek to sip from the local wine cellars, then over to Johannesburg to soar above the plains in a hot air balloon. Continue straight on to safari in Kruger National Park, then escape to the sea at Thonga Beach.

Spend three days exploring the Moremi Game Reserve
Map of Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park & More - 16 Days
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park & More - 16 Days

Sweep through southern Africa on this 16-day safari-centric tour. Enjoy scenic drives and food and wine tours in Cape Town, followed by a modern history lesson in Johannesburg. Then, it's off to Sabi Sands Game Reserve for three days of game drives and bush walks. Leave South Africa and head to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe before you board a houseboat to cruise through the waterways of Chobe National Park. End the trip with one last safari in Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve.

Start your epic 16-day tour of South Africa in coastal Cape Town
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg & Kruger Safari - 16 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg & Kruger Safari - 16 Days

Explore some of South Africa's highlights on this 16-day trip to two iconic cities and the Kruger National Park Reserve. Take a cable car up Table Mountain in Cape Town, go on a road trip along the Cape Peninsula, and sample local wine in the Winelands. Then, fly to Johannesburg to explore the Maboneng Precinct and learn more about the Apartheid era in Soweto. Look for the Big Five in the reserve on bush walks and game drives before taking a scenic drive back to Johannesburg via the Blyde River Canyon.

We have got to stop meeting like this
Map of South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 16 Days
South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 16 Days

Despite their dramatic size difference, the elephant's closest living relative is the hyrax. See if you can spot both elephants and their cousins as you take your own family on this 16-day adventure that will take you from up in the trees of Kirstenbosch Garden, onto the cliffs of Cape Point, out to sea for marine wildlife sightings, down into caves, and into safari grasslands, just to name a few, to take in landscapes as varied as your family.

Look for elephants on game drives and bush walks in Kruger National Park
Map of Classic South Africa & Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari & Mauritius - 16 Days
Classic South Africa & Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari & Mauritius - 16 Days

Get a glimpse of the rich world of South Africa and Mauritius on this 16-day itinerary. Begin in Cape Town with views, wine tastings, and historical insights, then spend a brief few days in Johannesburg to delve deeper into the country's history. Go on game drives and bush walks in Kruger National Park. Then, end your trip in Mauritius, where you can explore the island's pristine beaches, cruise to Ile aux Cerfs, swim under powerful waterfalls, and sample local rum.

Admire the natural beauty of Lisbon Falls on your road trip along the Panorama Route
Map of South Africa Culture, Wildlife, Food & Wine Discovery Tour- 16 Days
South Africa Culture, Wildlife, Food & Wine Discovery Tour- 16 Days

Delve into South Africa's rich culture, delicious cuisine, and abundant wildlife on this 16-day tour across the country. Learn how to cook traditional Malay food and enjoy a 14-course African meal in Capetown, then explore the vineyards and flavors of the Cape Winelands on an e-bike and a hop-on, hop-off tram. Finally, look for the Big Five on safari in two game reserves before learning about Apartheid and how it affected Soweto's residents in Johannesburg.

Visit the colony of African penguins on Boulders Beach
Map of Journey Along South Africa's Coast - 16 Days
Journey Along South Africa's Coast - 16 Days

Explore South Africa's diverse natural landscapes, cultural heritage, and abundant wildlife on this 16-day tour. Start in Cape Town, where you'll savor a 14-course African meal, wine taste in the Cape Winelands, and discover the V&W Waterfront. Spend two days whale and shark spotting in Hermanus, then pick up your rental car and drive to Ballito and St Lucia to snorkel in tidal pools and cruise for hippopotamus and crocodiles before ending with game drives to spot the Big Five in a private reserve.

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