20 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

20 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Nairobi, Kenya
Fly:  2​h 15​min
1
Diani Beach, Kenya
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Nairobi, Kenya


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1
day
Diani Beach, Kenya

Diani Beach ©
On a vacation in Diani Beach, a bustling resort town on Kenya's eastern coast, you can take advantage of a pristine sandy shore fringed by a verdant forest.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at The Diani Beach Shopping Centre and then enjoy the sand and surf at Diani Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Diani Beach trip website .

Nairobi to Diani Beach is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Nairobi in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Diani Beach: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach

2
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park. On your second day here, look for gifts at Utamaduni Craft Centre, then examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, then stroll through Giraffe Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nairobi trip planner .

Getting from Diani Beach to Nairobi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Diani Beach in September: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

4
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Nairobi to Cape Town in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Nairobi in September, things will get slightly colder in Cape Town: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Camp's Bay Beach ©
Camp's Bay Beach

2
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
On the 23rd (Sun), stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads and then stroll through Brenton on Sea.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

1
night
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
On the 25th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, Head underground at The Cango Caves, and then experience rural life at Cango Ostrich Show Farm.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip builder site .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Oudtshoorn. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Ostrich Show Farm ©
Cango Ostrich Show Farm

1
night
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, then stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nelspruit day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Nelspruit takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Nelspruit is a bit warmer than Oudtshoorn - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

4
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Spend the 29th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve and trek along Bushmans Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Sandton to see Montecasino about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and get to know the fascinating history of Gandhi Square.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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