10 Days in South Africa: Our Recommendations

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Home to the roaming lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants, a trip to South Africa offers the opportunity to explore wildlife in a way few countries can match. 10 days in South Africa opens up a lot of opportunities and is a great length of time to traverse mountain ranges, indulge in local culture and explore the cities.

The three itineraries listed below are for trips 10 and 11 days long.

10 Days in South Africa: Off the Beaten Path

Located in South Africa, Durban is one of the busiest port.
Durban is a coastal city highly infuenced by Afro-Indian culture
Drakensberg Mountain in South Africa
Drakensberg Mountain in South Africa
Day 1 Arrive in Durban and drive to Umhlanga Rocks on the northern coast
Day 2 Stroll the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail, with the chance to spot monkeys and antelopes
Day 3 Pass multiple waterfalls on the scenic drive to Drakensburg where you will stay in a remote lodge
Day 4 Hike around Drakensburg before driving through one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions
Day 5 Drive to Spion Kop, the site of an infamous battle during the 2nd Boer War
Day 6 Further explore the history of the battlefield or join a game walk into the Spion Kop Game Reserve
Day 7 Enjoy two game drives with amazing views of the Amakhala landscape
Day 8 Take part in two safaris at sunrise and late afternoon in the Nambiti Game Reserve
Day 9 Wake up and do the same, enjoying the best hours to spot wildlife
Day 10 Return to Johannesburg for your onward journey

When it comes to spending 10 days in South Africa, you will want to see and do it all. On this self-guided tour of north-eastern South Africa, you will experience some of the world’s best untouched wilderness and drive through dramatic landscapes. Beginning in Durban you will head straight for the stunning northern coast before spending time alongside the imposing Drakensburg. On day five you will venture through gorgeous scenery on your way to Spion Kop where you will learn about the infamous battlefield. Finish up with four days’ worth of epic wilderness safaris. See tour.

10 days in South Africa: Garden Route and Cape Town

Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa
Elephants is the biggest attraction and a common sighting at the Addo Elephant National Park
Surfing in South Africa
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Day 1 Arrive in Port Elizabeth and head to the Addo Elephant National Park for a safari
Day 2 Visit the beaches at Jeffreys Bay before exploring Storms River Village home to ancient native trees
Day 3 Hike through the Knysna Forest and join a Knysna Lagoon Oyster tour
Day 4 Venture to the Garden of Eden and the world’s largest free-flight aviary, the Birds of Eden
Day 5 Go canoeing on the local river before an optional hike to the St Berlize Lighthouse
Day 6 Kick back the drive through dramatic mountain passes and scenery on your way to Cango Caves
Day 7 Walk through the caves in Arniston and visit the seaside town of Struisbaai
Day 8 Go on an unforgettable shark cage diving adventure and visit a local penguin colony at Stony Point

Day 9

Head to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, then tour Cape Town and head up to the Table Mountain
Day 10 Take a boat cruise to see the seal colonies at Seal Island, end with a dinner in Cape Town

This 10 days in South Africa itinerary is packed with exciting day trips, local culture and native scenery that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Beginning in Port Elizabeth you will take the aptly named Garden Route along South Africa’s southern coastline. While enjoying luxury accommodation throughout. You will explore ancient forests, visit the largest bird sanctuary on earth and even try your hand at cage diving, with sharks swirling around. On top of that, you will visit Robben Island, Seal Island and take a culture and history tour through Cape Town. See tour.

11 days in South Africa: The Highlights and More

Cape Town in South Africa
The Table Mountain looms over Cape Town
Best time to visit Kruger National Park in South Africa
A tourist captures a shot of a couple of Elephants in the Kruger National Park
Johannesburg is the largest and the wealthiest city in South Africa.
Johannesburg is a cultural hub suitable for all traveler types
Helicopter rides in South Africa
A helicopter ride is a fantastic way to get a bird's eye view of South Africa
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town
Day 2 Head to Cape Point for superb views before seeing the penguins at Boulders Beach
Day 3 Fly to Johannesburg and stay at a wilderness lodge near Kruger National Park
Day 4 Take part in a full-day safari with the chance to see Africa’s “Big Five”
Day 5 Return to Kruger National Park for another exciting safari drive
Day 6 Soak in the views along the stunning Panorama Route as you return to Johannesburg
Day 7 Fly to Victoria Falls before venturing into Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Day 8 Enjoy a morning and afternoon drive through the park, keep an eye out for rhino, antelope, and leopards
Day 9 Savor once last safari drive before exploring the magnificent Victoria Falls
Day 10 Have a free day in Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting or take a scenic helicopter ride
Day 11 Depart Victoria Falls for your onward journey

If you have 10 days in South Africa add on one extra day to enjoy a private 11-day tour across the country, with a taste of Zimbabwe thrown in. Between the start and end points in Cape Town and Victoria Falls you will visit multiple national parks, embarking on unforgettable safari drives. Sometimes having two drives per day, the opportunities to see South Africa’s wildlife are plentiful. Throughout you will spend your night in remote lodges, eating dinner under the stars. While in Zimbabwe on night nine, you will be greeted with traditional Bomo drumming and local cuisine. See tour.

10 days in South Africa gives you enough time to explore the country on a variety of interesting and adventurous tours. Aside from the itineraries above you can explore more options and receive helpful tips in our how long to spend in South Africa article. If you want to view all your options for a trip to South Africa, get in contact with our South Africa travel experts today.

 

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