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Penguins at Boulders Beach
Map of South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & More - 6 Days
South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & More - 6 Days

Take your children to meet the chicks of Boulders Bay's penguin colony and many more on this six-day trip. You'll divide your time between colorful Cape Town and its surrounding areas of Elgin and Franschhoek as you make your way through vineyard mazes, pirate cruises, and more.

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 5'. Finish in the Franschhoek Valley to see some of the best wine estates and gardens in South  Africa.

Chapman's Peak drive
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 9 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 9 Days

Take nine days to notice a curated list of some of South Africa's nicest spots. Open your outing in Cape Town, where you can check out the city from atop Table Mountain and then get down into its many attractions. Venture out to the vines of Franschhoek to sample from its renowned cellars, jump down to Johannesburg for a cultural lesson and dinner, then conclude your trip on a safari through Kruger National Park.

Stadsaal Caves
Map of Wine & Nature in South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Cederberg - 9 Days
Wine & Nature in South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Cederberg - 9 Days

From prehistoric cave art to the cosmopolitan streets of Cape Town, this nine-day itinerary gives you a window into some of South Africa's calling cards. Start off with a walking tour through Cape Town's history and scenic drive down to the Cape of Good Hope. Continue to the Winelands to relax and sample amid the vines, then finish up searching for cave paintings and mountain trails in the Cederberg Mountains.

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.

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.

Cape foxes in the Kalahari
Map of Discover South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Tswalu Kalahari - 12 Days
Discover South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Tswalu Kalahari - 12 Days

Take 12 days to saunter through South Africa with this itinerary. You'll start in Cape Town, driving the scenic route out to the Cape of Good Hope and penguins of Boulders Beach, before you get in the water on a great white cage dive and sunrise sea kayak (separately, of course). From there you'll continue to Franschhoek for some time among the grape vines, followed by a safari through the Kalahari reserve before you return home.

Kite surfers in Table Bay
Map of South Africa Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & Eastern Cape Safari - 12 Days
South Africa Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & Eastern Cape Safari - 12 Days

Take 12 days to travel through Cape Town and some of its nearby standouts with this itinerary. Whether you're atop Table Mountain, underwater next to great white sharks, or paragliding through the sky, you'll get a good look at the city. Leave Cape Town for its neighboring scenic Winelands, followed by a safari in the Eastern Cape to wrap up your adventure.

Aerial view of Cape Town
Map of Cape Town Active Adventure - 15 Days
Cape Town Active Adventure - 15 Days

This 15-day Cape Town tour focuses on exploring this exciting city by pushing the boundaries of your body and mind. Enjoy fitness classes, surf lessons, and cross-fit challenges as you make your way through South Africa's most popular destination. You'll also get your adrenaline rush through adventure experiences like abseiling, canoeing, obstacle courses, and seal snorkeling. Finally, cycle through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes that surround Cape Town, including the Cape of Good Hope and the Cape Winelands.

Cape of Good Hope
Map of South Africa Adventure: Cape Town & Winelands - 6 Days
South Africa Adventure: Cape Town & Winelands - 6 Days

Take a peek into the Cape Town scene with this six-day trip. You'll drive out along the coast to the Cape of Good Hope, dive into a great white cage encounter, gaze out from atop Table Mountain, and spin through the famous vineyards of the Cape Winelands before your time is through.

Vineyard in Franschhoek
Map of Discover South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, & Tswalu Kalahari - 13 Days
Discover South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, & Tswalu Kalahari - 13 Days

Sip, spin, safari and more on this 13-day itinerary. You'll take in the highlights of what Cape Town has to offer with outings including the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, and a full day to explore on your own. Then travel to the Winelands, where you can sample the food and wine of Franschhoek and see the scenery from a bike tour; sail over the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site with a hot air balloon tour out of Johannesburg; and venture into the Kalahari desert in search of wildlife on safari.

Lioness and her cub near Kruger
Map of South Africa Safari & Cities: Johannesburg, Kruger Private Reserves, Cape Town, & Winelands - 13 Days
South Africa Safari & Cities: Johannesburg, Kruger Private Reserves, Cape Town, & Winelands - 13 Days

Experience the best of South Africa on this two-week itinerary, from the privately owned game reserves of the north to the internationally-acclaimed wines of Franschhoek. Fly into Johannesburg, then spend a week on safari at looking for Africa's Big 5 near Kruger. Continue to Cape Town where you'll rent a car, allowing you to drive along the Atlantic Seaboard and take an overnight trip to the Winelands. This itinerary combines a variety of activities with enough free time to explore at your own pace.

Atop Table Mountain
Map of Discover South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, & Tswalu Kalahari - 14 Days
Discover South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, & Tswalu Kalahari - 14 Days

Take a two-week tour of some of South Africa's most popular attractions on this trip. Five nights in Cape Town will start you off with an exploration of the city, from its busy streets to the open landscapes of the Cape of Good Hope and down into the water on a sea kayak tour. Continue to Franschhoek to sample its famous wines, tour the historic streets and fly over the countryside in Johannesburg, and cap it off with a safari across the Kalahari.

Farm in Franschhoek
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 14 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 14 Days

Frolic through South Africa on this 14-day itinerary. First go to Cape Town, where you'll find your way through the city and up to Table Mountain, then down into the fin-filled depths in a shark cage. From there, you'll stop in Franschhoek for wine flights and Johannesburg for a foray into the area's history. Find your way over to Kruger National Park to feast your eyes on the flight of the many birds and animals inside the park on safari, then finish up on the fine sands of Tonga Beach.

Hyena hello
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 13 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 13 Days

Hop through some high points of South Africa on this 13-day itinerary. Head to Cape Town to start, hiking through its happening streets and into its waters in a shark cage, then up to Franschhoek to have a glass of wine (or three) amid the vineyards. Johannesburg is up next for a lesson in history, then over to Kruger National Park to say hi to the hyenas and other animals on safari and down to Thonga Beach Lodge to end your holiday in the sun.

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 in to a great white cage encounter before you hit the road on the Garden Route for canoeing, hiking, animal encounters, and more.

Ostrich family
Map of South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 14 Days
South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 14 Days

Sharks can give birth to up to 100 pups at once, so if your child asks to pet the pups on this itinerary, make sure you know what kind they're referring to. Learn about all sorts of small fry on this two-week trip through South Africa as you go from atop Table Mountain and pirate ship rigging in Cape Town to the farms and vineyards of the Winelands, followed by marine tours, cave excursions, swinging bridges, and safaris.

V&A Waterfront art
Map of South Africa Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & Eastern Cape Safari - 7 Days
South Africa Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & Eastern Cape Safari - 7 Days

Find some of the most famous attractions in Cape Town and its surroundings on this seven-day saunter. Drive along the coastal cliffs to natural sights like the Cape of Good Hope, paddle through Table Bay at sunrise, and cycle through the vineyards of the Winelands before you make your way out to a safari on the Eastern Cape.

Rocky Cape Point
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 15 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 15 Days

Relish 15 days in South Africa with this itinerary. Arrive in Cape Town and roam through the city's outlying scenic real estate to discover rocky coastlines and a rich cultural and culinary scene. Ramble over to Franschhoek to revel in the area's renowned wine scene, then to Johannesburg to learn about the area's racial history. A safari through Kruger National Park will reveal the  wildlife of the region before you round back down to Tonga Beach Lodge to bask in the radiant coastal sunshine.

In the Cederberg Mountains
Map of Wine & Nature in South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Cederberg - 8 Days
Wine & Nature in South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Cederberg - 8 Days

Enjoy eight days exploring from the coast to the cliffs on this itinerary. Follow the coastal drives out of Cape Town and down into an aquatic cage experience with great white sharks, then go inland to the famous vineyards of Stellenbosch and the Winelands. Finish up in the mountain caves and trails of Cederberg before you head home.

The basis of bobotie
Map of South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 13 Days
South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 13 Days

Follow your nose for 13 days of South African gastronomy with this itinerary. Start with three days amid the city streets and spices of Cape Town, then go along the Garden Route to encounter Elgin's farms and markets followed by the shores of the Knysna Lagoon and Tsitsikamma National Park.  End your trip around the campfire and dining on a platform above the skyline of Johannesburg.

Declare yourself king of the rock
Map of South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 15 Days
South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More - 15 Days

While parenting can feel like an extreme sport at times, you can really get your adrenaline up on this 15-day itinerary. Warm up with a hike or cable car ride up Table Mountain and some beach time in Cape Town before you get on the road and follow the Garden Route to adventures like ziplines, a shark encounter, sandboard rides down one of the world's largest dunes, and safari drives.

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.

Completed bobotie
Map of South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 14 Days
South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 14 Days

For two weeks, you can try out a thorough selection of South Africa's most typical tastes with. this trip plan. Whether you're winding your way through the Winelands, circling the stalls in the Elgin Railway Market, or relaxing on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon, you'll be educating both your mind and palate. Follow that with five days in Johannesburg that will take you from down in the Sterkfontein Caves to a dinner on a floating platform above the city.

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.

Bobotie with rice
Map of South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 15 Days
South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 15 Days

Sample 15 days worth of South Africa's savoriest spots with this itinerary. You'll start in Cape Town, with four days to explore from the treetops of Kirstenbosch to the colorful streets of Bo Kaap and vines of the Winelands, then head out on the Garden Route to explore Elgin's farms and Knysna's waterfront cooking. Conclude with five nights in Johannesburg, where you'll follow the full timeline of South African history from the Cradle of Humankind, to a barbecue in Soweto, through a modern dinner in a former power station.

Penguins aplenty
Map of South Africa Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & Eastern Cape Safari - 9 Days
South Africa Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & Eastern Cape Safari - 9 Days

Follow the winding road to some of South Africa's most popular spots on this nine-day itinerary. You'll take a sidecar tour up the coast to the Cape of Good Hope, go on a cage dive next to great whites, and cross Table Bay before you keep going up to a bike tour of the Winelands and then out to a safari along the Eastern Cape.

Bean curry with dried fruits
Map of South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 9 Days
South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 9 Days

Nibble on nine days of nom with this South Africa culinary outing. You'll start strolling the colorful streets of Cape Town, enjoying the farms of Elgin, and exploring the flavors of the Garden Route before you head to Johannesburg to learn about the history of the Soweto Township and Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site alongside interactive dining experiences.

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.

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.

Great White Watching
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 12 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, Safari, & Beach - 12 Days

Wind your way through South Africa with this 12-day trip plan. Your start in Cape Town will walk you through the city views and varietals with wine tastings and scenic tours. Head up to the Winelands to sample their winning wines, then keep going through Johannesburg and all the way to Kruger National Park for a walk on the wild side. Wind down amid the waves on the west coast at Tonga 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.

Check out the towns on the Garden Route
Map of Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 12 Days
Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 12 Days

Combine a city break and classic road trip with this 12-day itinerary. Stroll through Cape Town's many attractions, whether on sandy Bloubergstrand Beach or the shops of the V&A Waterfront, before you duck under the vines of the Winelands' vineyards. Then get in your car for a drive filled with whale-watching, wildlife, and more.

Knysna's turaco
Map of South Africa Road Trip: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, & Eastern Cape Safari - 14 Days
South Africa Road Trip: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, & Eastern Cape Safari - 14 Days

Travel for two weeks through a tapestry of the Cape Town region's attractions with this trip plan. You'll start with Cape Town itself as your base for day trips into the Winelands and out to the Cape of Good Hope, then drive off through smaller cities and towns. Visit animal sanctuaries, ancient caves, national parks, and more before ending your trip with a classic safari.

Cape Asparagus
Map of South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 12 Days
South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Johannesburg - 12 Days

Taste 12 days of South African traditions on this tour that combines education and eateries. Whether you're making your way through the streets of Cape Town to relevant restaurants in the city's history, sipping wine and shucking oysters along the Garden Route, or trading tales around the barbecue in Johannesburg's Soweto township, you'll stimulate both your taste buds and your brain.

Tsitsikamma National Park
Map of South Africa Road Trip: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, & Eastern Cape Safari - 15 Days
South Africa Road Trip: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, & Eastern Cape Safari - 15 Days

Take yourself through some of the Cape Town's top spots with this 15-day road trip. Your trip begins with five days in Cape Town itself and its neighboring attractions, including the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, and historic Robben Island. Then you'll get in your car and head to the relaxed town of Greyton, caves and animal reserves of Oudtshoorn, and Tsitsikamma National Park and the famed lagoon of Knysna, before you conclude with a safari in the Eastern Cape.

Cape White-Eye Bird
Map of Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 13 Days
Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 13 Days

Thirteen days through the Western Cape will thrill you with all that this region has to offer. Your trip begins in Cape Town, where you can enjoy views from on the shore, atop Table Mountain, and amidst the city streets. Venture into the vineyards of the Winelands and rocky coasts of Hermanus before you embark on a Garden Route drive that will bring you from one of the world's highest bungee jumps down into glittering caves, and so much more.

Ostrich snacking
Map of Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 14 Days
Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure - 14 Days

Take a two-week adventure from one of the world's highest bungee jumps down into a cage next to a great white shark with this trip plan. Start up on Table Mountain in Cape Town, chased with a culinary tour, treetop walkway, and wine tastings. Once you get onto the Garden Route, you'll make your way around canoeing through lagoons, hiking in national parks, and spelunking through caves.

Within Kruger National Park
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 14 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 14 Days

Take two weeks to see some of the most famous spots in South Africa with this tour.  Start off in Cape Town, home to mountaintop views, classic wine vintages, and attractions  historic, natural, and consumable. Head over to Johannesburg to learn more about the history of the country, then keep going to Kruger National Park to meet the country's animal residents before you take a scenic drive back to Johannesburg and depart.

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

Take ten 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.

Casual road crossing
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town & Kruger Safari - 7 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town & Kruger Safari - 7 Days

Spend a week meeting some of South Africa's main attractions with this trip plan. Travel down the coastal roads outside Cape Town, which will lead you to world-class wineries, stunning scenery, and charming colonies of penguins. Keep going up to Kruger National Park for two nights of safari on the plains.

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 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.

Roadside Kruger views
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 21 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 21 Days

Take a full three weeks to journey through South Africa and neighboring Mauritius with this travel plan. Week one begins in Cape Town, filled with wine, views, history, and food. Start off week two in Johannesburg with history and a traditional-style dinner, then continue to Kruger National Park to spend some time searching for wildlife. Fly on to Mauritius to spend your final week exploring the scenery of this tropical island.

Bo Kaap in Cape Town
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 15 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 15 Days

Whether you're looking down the colorful buildings of Bo Kaap or out at the traditional house-shaped mountains of the Three Rondavels, you'll find plenty of views to take in on this  15-day itinerary. Look down from Table Mountain or the cliffs of the Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town, up at the skies during an outdoor dinner and storytelling experience in Johannesburg, or across the plains on a safari through Kruger National Park to see some of the highlights of South Africa.

Female leopard with her cub
Map of Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 15 Days
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 15 Days

Spend fifteen days surveying southern Africa on this wide-ranging itinerary. Taste wine and cheese and travel to scenic viewpoints in Cape Town, then learn about history where it happened in Johannesburg. Begin your safari time from there, starting in Sabi Sands and neighboring Kruger National Park, continuing down the Zambezi River on a luxury houseboat, and ending amidst the Okavango Delta

An excess of elephants
Map of Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 14 Days
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 14 Days

Take two weeks to travel through southern Africa on the wildlife trail with this trip plan. After a bustling city start in Cape Town and Johannesburg, you'll travel to Sabi Sands Game Reserve to begin the first of your safari experiences and search for the "big five" next door to Kruger National Park. From there, fly to Victoria Falls for the views, then board a houseboat to take you on a river-based safari spotting hippos down the Zambezi. You'll end your trip in the Okavango Delta and its Moremi Game Reserve to make sure you've gotten a glimpse of everything on your list.

Penguins on Boulders Beach
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 13 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 13 Days

The "big five" are just a few of the animals you can see in South Africa, and you'll meet plenty of the country's residents both human and animal on this classic 13-day trip. You'll start off in Cape Town, where the city's human residents will guide through the city's cultural and culinary scene, and out to the Cape of Good Hope and penguin colonies of Boulders Beach. Then head to Johannesburg to hear stories of the city's complicated history before you set off on safari through Kruger National Park.

Victoria Falls
Map of Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, & Chobe National Park - 8 Days
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, & Chobe National Park - 8 Days

Eight days of elephants and expansive views are yours to explore on this itinerary. Begin in Cape Town, where you'll enjoy tours both within the city and out into its surrounding areas to see the sights and sample the cheese, wine, and chocolate of the Winelands. Continue to feel the rush of Victoria Falls, followed by a river cruise down the Zambezi to scope out the wildlife of Chobe National Park.

The Three Rondavels
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town. Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 9 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town. Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 9 Days

Nine days will give you a nice amount of time to nourish your understanding of South Africa on this itinerary. Spend your first three nights in Cape Town on a walking tour through historic city highlights, out sampling in the Winelands, and driving the scenic coast. Stop in Johannesburg for an interactive dinner evening, then keep going to Kruger National Park for a classic safari.

Turtle tots
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Safari, & Beach - 10 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Safari, & Beach - 10 Days

Take ten 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 Tonga Beach Lodge to work on your tan and turtle time.

Yeah we saw that text
Map of South Africa and Zimbabwe Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, & More - 14 Days
South Africa and Zimbabwe Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, & More - 14 Days

The African continent has more than 3,000 protected areas of land, and while you won't be able to cover all of them on this trip, you can get a good look. From the treetops of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town and vineyards of the Winelands, you'll continue to the Sabi Sands game reserve and two different national parks in Zimbabwe to take in all the scenery and safari time the southern region of the continent has to offer.

Chamarel waterfall on Mauritius
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 18 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 18 Days

Eighteen days takes you through some of the highlights of South Africa and Mauritius on this itinerary.  You'll begin in Cape Town, where you'll tour the wine lands, coastal hot spots like the Cape of Good Hope and neighboring penguin colony, botanic gardens, and more. Head to Johannesburg for a brief glimpse into South African history before you continue to the wilds of Kruger National Park. Conclude on the island of Mauritius, home to famous beaches and other natural attractions.

Elephant at the Pools
Map of South Africa and Zimbabwe Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, & More - 12 Days
South Africa and Zimbabwe Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, & More - 12 Days

Painted dogs may look pettable, but they're actually one of the most efficient hunters of any large predator. You'll visit a painted dog conservation center along with two national parks and a game reserve on this 12-day trip, with some Cape Town city time in the mix, to see how many potential four-legged fuzzballs southern Africa has to offer. Just keep your hands to yourself.

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.

Victoria Falls
Map of South Africa and Zimbabwe Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, & More - 13 Days
South Africa and Zimbabwe Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, & More - 13 Days

Rumor has it the "big 5"—elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, and rhino—gained their name by being the hardest animals to hunt on foot. Luckily, you won't be walking through this 13-day itinerary and will only be hunting with your eyes. After strolling through the city streets of Cape Town, you'll set out on safari at three separate destinations to test out your animal-spotting skills.

Heading up Table Mountain
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town & Kruger Safari - 6 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town & Kruger Safari - 6 Days

Get a glimpse of some of the biggest draws in South Africa on this six-day itinerary. You'll start off in Cape Town, experiencing highlights like Table Mountain, coastal drives, and the Winelands. Then head to Kruger National Park to meet some of the local wildlife on a safari before you depart.

Biltong jerky shop
Map of South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Winelands, & Johannesburg - 7 Days
South Africa Food & Wine Tour: Cape Town, Winelands, & Johannesburg - 7 Days

Whether you're sipping world-class vintages in the Winelands or barbecuing around the braai, you'll sample many of the typical flavors of South Africa with this week-long itinerary. Split your time between Cape Town and Johannesburg for wine tours, food walks, interactive storytelling experiences, and more.

Red protea in Kirstenbosch Garden
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Cape Point - 7 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, & Cape Point - 7 Days

Take a week-long peek into the highlights of the Mother City with this itinerary. Dynamic Cape Town boasts world-class food and wine to go along with its multifaceted history, botanical gardens, and rocky ocean coasts, and you can experience all of them on this itinerary.

An evening view of Table Mountain in Cape Town
Map of South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Safari, & More - 15 Days
South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Safari, & More - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary combines the highlights of South African travel with the chance to relax on the white sand beaches of Mauritius. You'll arrive in Cape Town, where you'll discover the Cape wine region and explore the city's top scenic and tourist spots including Table Mountain and Robben Island, before traveling to Manyeleti Game Reserve, which shares an open border with Kruger National Park. Over four days, you'll spot the Big Five and other species during game drives or guided walks, and then depart for Johannesburg where you'll catch a flight to Mauritius.

Sunrise in Kruger
Map of Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 8 Days
Explore South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 8 Days

Eight days will introduce you to some of the high points of South Africa on this itinerary. Spend three nights in Cape Town complete with scenic drives, wine samples, and sweeping views, followed by a night in Johannesburg for a skim of the history of the Soweto district. End your outing with a safari through Kruger National Park and all its native wildlife.

Leopard in Kruger National Park
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 25 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 25 Days

You've got plenty of time to explore South Africa and neighboring Mauritius on this expansive 25-day itinerary. Start off in Cape Town for an introduction to the country via food and wine tours and natural attractions, then stop to experience the stories of Johannesburg. From there you'll continue up to Kruger National Park for four days on safari. A brief second stop in Johannesburg will lead you to the island of Mauritius, where you'll wrap up your trip amid its luxury resort beaches and lush greenery.

Red-billed hornbill
Map of Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 12 Days
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 12 Days

Spend twelve days touring some of southern Africa's wildlife hotspots with this itinerary. You'll begin with three nights in Cape Town to take in the city's wine and cheese samples along with its surrounding natural landscapes, then move to Sabi Sands Reserve for a safari. Continue to Zimbabwe feel the rush of Victoria Falls before you cruise into the end of your journey on a second safari onboard a houseboat.

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.

Spectacled weavers in Kruger
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 20 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 20 Days

Twenty days give you plenty of time to scope out South Africa and neighboring Mauritius on this trip. You'll start off in Cape Town, your base to pay visits to the winelands, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Gardens, and the city's culinary scene. Continue to Johannesburg for a cultural cuisine experience, then over to Kruger National Park for a classic safari. Finally, end your trip on the island of Mauritius with tropical tours and plenty of time to relax.

Hippos in Chobe
Map of Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 9 Days
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 9 Days

Go from the concrete jungle to the actual jungle with this nine-day itinerary. Start on the sophisticated city streets of Cape Town, where you'll take in city tours and scenic drives, then safari through Sabi Sands Game Reserve, a private park that shares its boundaries with larger Kruger National Park. Hop up to the top of Victoria Falls, then cruise your way into the end of your trip on a houseboat down the Zambezi.

Bo Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 17 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 17 Days

Travel through the varied landscapes of South Africa and Mauritius on this 17-day itinerary.  Start by taking in the views across Cape Town from up on Table Mountain, out in the valleys of wine country, and through the bustling streets. Continue to Johannesburg for a glimpse back into South African history both recent and long-ago. Then on to Kruger National Park for a look at the wildlife before you wrap it up with a beach break on tropical Mauritius.

Zebras in the Okavango Delta
Map of Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 13 Days
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More - 13 Days

Thirteen days gets you a look at some of southern Africa's most dynamic wildlife on this trip. Start off in Cape Town, enjoying the views from atop Table Mountain and out on the Cape of Good Hope, then travel to Sabi Sands Game reserve next to Kruger National Park for a safari. From there you'll continue to the famous Victoria Falls, then stay along the water with a houseboat safari before you end your trip in the lush Okavango Delta.

Landscape within Moremi 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 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 Reserve, which borders Kruger National Park. Leave South Africa and head to Victoria Falls before you board a houseboat to safari through Chobe National Park. End the trip with one last safari in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Reserve.

Johannesburg streets
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 16 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 16 Days

Let South Africa tell you some of its stories on this 16-day trip. Start by listening to the waves off the coast of Cape Town, former political prisoners on Robben Island, and treetop rustling in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Head to Johannesburg to hear more human anecdotes from contemporary history, and end your trip with an ear out for the many animals hiding in Kruger National Park.

Vineyards near Stellenbosch
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 24 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 24 Days

Travel around South Africa and Mauritius for two dozen days on this trip plan. Begin in Cape Town, casually consuming both the coastline views and culinary and cultural features of the city. Jaunt off to Johannesburg, then keep going to Kruger National Park for a safari through the stunning scenery and scads of wildlife. Then end your trip on Mauritius, basking in the balmy island breezes and blue waters.

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.

Baobab in Kruger
Map of Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 8 Days
Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari - 8 Days

Follow a classic South Africa route for eight days on this itinerary. Start off on Cape Town's scenic seaboard and wine country, then go north for a night in Johannesburg accompanied by a tour of the Soweto Township. From there you'll head to Kruger National Park for a safari across its famous territory.

Tea plantation in Mauritius
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 22 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 22 Days

Twenty-two days will take you around many of the highlights of both South Africa and Mauritius. You'll start in Cape Town, experiencing the city from high on Table Mountain or in the trees of Kirstenbosch Gardens, sipping wine in the neighboring vineyards, and strolling through the streets. Stop in Johannesburg to deepen your knowledge of South African history, then go wild on safari in Kruger National Park. Fly off to Mauritius for some sunny island time complete with rum tastings, gardens, and a tea route tour.

Elephant family in Kruger
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 16 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 16 Days

Sixteen days gives you a glimpse into the rich world of South Africa and Mauritius on this itinerary. Begin in Cape Town with views, wine tastings, and historical insights, then spend a brief few days in Johannesburg to get further into the country's history. Go for a safari in Kruger National Park next before you end your trip surrounded by the turquoise waters of Mauritius.

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.

Alleyway in Johannesburg
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 19 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 19 Days

Spend nineteen days making your way through some of South Africa's most distinctive attractions, along with neighbor Mauritius. You'll start off in Cape Town, tasting the wines of neighboring valleys, local specialties on a food tour, fresh air and flora of the Botanic Gardens, and the salt air of the Cape of Good Hope. Head to Johannesburg for an educational experience, then go into the bush in Kruger National Park to watch for the teeming wildlife. Finish your explorations alongside the palm trees on the island of Mauritius.

Penguin beach
Map of Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 23 Days
Classic South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Safari, & More - 23 Days

If you've got 23 days, why not try to meet every animal in South Africa? Start off in Cape Town, where along with the food, wine, and culture, you can also visit a large penguin colony near the Cape of Good Hope. After a brief stop for human history in Johannesburg, head into Kruger National Park to look for the Big 5" and their many companions, along with their injured counterparts at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Conclude your quest on Mauritius, surrounded by sea creatures and the residents of the Giant Tortoises Park.

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