39 days in South Africa, Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls Itinerary

39 days in South Africa, Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls Itinerary

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39 days in South Africa, Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Pinetown, South Africa
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cathkin Park, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Edenvale, South Africa
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 13 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

7
nights
Pinetown, South Africa

Pinetown ©
Pinetown is a town just inland from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Get some historical perspective at Inchanga Railway Station and Valley of the Zulu Kings. We've included these beaches for you: Mac Nicol's Caravan Park and Amanzimtoti Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Pinetown side-trips: Aliwal Shoal Adventures (in Umkomaas), Umdonipark Golf Course (in Pennington) and Crocworld Conservation Centre (in Scottburgh). There's lots more to do: stroll through Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, stroll around Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, ride a horse along Horseback Beach Rides, and get your game on at Boot Camp Durban.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pinetown trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Pinetown is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Melbourne to Pinetown, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Pinetown is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cathkin Park.

Things to do in Pinetown

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

KwaZulu-Natal, Amanzimtoti, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Umdonipark Golf Course, Inchanga Railway Station
Highlights from your plan
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve ©
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Umdonipark Golf Course ©
Umdonipark Golf Course
Aliwal Shoal Adventures ©
Aliwal Shoal Adventures

1
night
Cathkin Park, South Africa

Cathkin Park ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Winterton Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Drakensberg Boys Choir School, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Plan a Cathkin Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Pinetown to Cathkin Park in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Edenvale.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Museums

Side Trip

Winterton Museum
Highlights from your plan
Winterton Museum ©
Winterton Museum
Drakensberg Boys Choir School ©
Drakensberg Boys Choir School

7
nights
Edenvale, South Africa

Edenvale ©
Get some historical perspective at Franz Hoenig Hauz and Nizamiye Mosque. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nelson Mandela Square and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. Explore Edenvale's surroundings by going to Historic Motorcycle Museum (in Deneysville), Marievale Bird Sanctuary (in Nigel) and Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve (in Heidelberg).

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Edenvale travel route planner.

Getting from Cathkin Park to Edenvale by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In December, daytime highs in Edenvale are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Edenvale

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandton, Modderfontein, Safaris, Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Marievale Bird Sanctuary ©
Marievale Bird Sanctuary
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Visiting Savute Reserve and Nogatsaa and Tchinga will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Serondela Reserve and CARACAL Biodiversity Center.

Find out how to plan Chobe National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Edenvale to Chobe National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

6
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Walking tours. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Elephant Hills Golf Club. There's lots more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the galleries of Prime Art Gallery, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, and stroll through Siduli Hide.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Victoria Falls online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. January in Victoria Falls sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
River Rafting & Tubing
Walking tours

13
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.
Get outdoors at Bloubergstrand Beach and Franschhoek Pass. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Franschhoek Motor Museum and Fairview Wine and Cheese. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Lynx Wine Estate (in Wemmershoek), Brenda's (in Suider Paarl) and Stellenbosch (Rupert Museum, Dutch Reform Church, & more). There's still lots to do: hike along Helderberg Nature Reserve, learn about winemaking at Lourensford Wine Estate, contemplate the waterfront views at Noordhoek Beach, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip builder app .

Getting from Victoria Falls to Cape Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Victoria Falls in January since evenings lows in Cape Town dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate

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