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the best 10 day itineraries in South Africa

10 Day Travel Itineraries in South Africa

Whether you're visiting Kruger National Park on safari, hitting the beach in Cape Town, or hiking through the Drakensberg Mountains, there's something for everyone in South Africa. If you're planning to spend ten or more days here, use this handy guide to map out your itinerary and start dreaming about your adventure.

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How can I spend 10 days in South Africa?

Now that's the golden question, isn't it? With ample wildlife experiences, wine-tasting adventures, and beach holidays to choose from, it can be hard to decide how to fit it all in just ten days. That's why we've narrowed it down to just two itineraries that cover everything from up-close encounters with the Big Five animals to vineyard strolls amongst some of the best berries in the world.

10 Day Garden Route Adventure
10 Day Kruger National Park Adventure

10 Day South Africa Itinerary (with the Garden Route)

Exploring the very best the Garden Route has to offer, the Cape Complete & Garden Route Combo Adventure by Hotspots2C covers many of the must-see destinations in South Africa in just ten short days. We've outlined some of our favourite highlights below to get you excited!

Cape Point Peninsula 

  • Considered one of the world’s most scenic drives, Chapman’s Peak twists and turns along the mountainside and allows incredible views of the icy Atlantic Ocean. Take advantage of the stops along the drive, where you can save its astounding views with your camera or mind. When you arrive at the Cape of Good Hope, you arrive at the most south-westerly point of Africa. 

Don't forget to stop at one of the many lookout points at Chapman’s Peak!
Don't forget to stop at one of the many lookout points at Chapman’s Peak!

Cape Winelands

A scenic drive through Stellenbosch takes you to Marianne Wine Estate, where a truly South African wine pairing awaits. Here your wines are paired with locally produced cured meats (called ‘biltong’ in South Africa). Sit inside the tasting room or out on the balcony, and enjoy the new experience in stunning surrounds. 

Opt for a private trip to Stellenbosch for an immersive wine-tasting experience!
Opt for a private trip to Stellenbosch for an immersive wine-tasting experience!

Knysna

Start your day with a leisurely stop at the Knysna Heads. These towering sandstone cliffs flank the mouth of the Knysna estuary. Soak in the exquisite views from the various lookout points.  

Have more time? Try a sailing experience from Knysna along this rugged, yet scenic coastline.
Have more time? Try a sailing experience from Knysna along this rugged, yet scenic coastline.

Addo Elephant National Park

Visit Addo Elephant National Park - the third-largest national park in South Africa. It opened with only eleven elephants but is now a sanctuary to more than 550 of Africa’s gentle giants - the largest remaining population of wild African elephants in the world.

With gentle giants posed against a lush green backdrop, Addo is perfect for wildlife photographers!
With gentle giants posed against a lush green backdrop, Addo is perfect for wildlife photographers!

Oudtshoorn

Travel through the twisting roads of the Langkloof Mountain pass and arrive in the self-proclaimed ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich farm for a peek into the world of ostrich farming, as well as the chance to get beak-to-beak with the bird with an ostrich farm tour. End your day with an ostrich braai (bbq) where you’ll have the chance to sample gamey ostrich meat, along with other South African braai staples. 

The flightless birds of Oudtshoorn offer a great day out that's fun for the whole family.
The flightless birds of Oudtshoorn offer a great day out that's fun for the whole family.

Route 62

Travel to the outskirts of Oudtshoorn to the Cango Caves, which are nestled in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountain Range. The incredible 20-million-year-old formations fill the underground caverns and are illuminated to show-off their extraordinary curves and shapes. From the caves, begin the journey home along Route 62, which also happens to be the world’s longest wine route. 

Enter a world of wonder weaving through the stalagmites and stalactites of Cango Caves!
Enter a world of wonder weaving through the stalagmites and stalactites of Cango Caves!

Helpful Info

Local Languages
Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda, Ndebele
Popular Cities
Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Knysna
Must-Have Experiences
Wildlife, beach, wine tasting
Best Time to Visit
Summer months of December to February or autumn months of March to May
Currency
South African Rand (R)

10 Day South Africa Itinerary (with Kruger National Park)

Whilst Kruger National Park may be the destination, the trip there is just as exciting! The Explore Cape Town & Kruger National Park by National Geographic Journeys adventure departs Cape Town and embarks on an East Coast adventure before buckling down for a few days at Kruger. We've outlined some of our favourite highlights below to get you excited!

Cape Town

There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, walk the V&A Waterfront, or embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch. For the adventurous, opt to go skydiving, abseiling, or, if you're really brave, cage diving for a close encounter with a great white shark. Wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa. Check out the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and many other museums and theatres.

Head to the enchanting Bo Kaap district and be transported into a colourful storybook.
Head to the enchanting Bo Kaap district and be transported into a colourful storybook.

Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg, then visit Soweto, the former home of Nelson Mandela. In the evening, enjoy a traditional South African Braai (barbecue) for dinner.

A must-visit is the Apartheid Museum to see how this South African city changed the world.
A must-visit is the Apartheid Museum to see how this South African city changed the world.

Greater Kruger Area

Enjoy a full day's scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window. Continue to a tented camp located near the Kruger National Park and enjoy a delicious South African dinner in the boma.

Spend the night indulging on a South African feast inside a traditional boma.
Spend the night indulging on a South African feast inside a traditional boma.

Kruger National Park

At over 19,000 sq km (7,500 sq mi), South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most impressive animal reserves in the world. With 147 species, Kruger has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent. For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening wildlife safari drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. 

The moment you've been waiting for - the chance to set your sights on Kruger's Big Five!
The moment you've been waiting for - the chance to set your sights on Kruger's Big Five!

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