2 Weeks in South Africa: 5 Best Itinerary Ideas for Beginners

By Cindy | Updated Sep. 14, 2023

Planning a 2-week getaway to South Africa promises an extraordinary journey filled with diverse landscapes, cultural immersion, and wildlife encounters.

To help you make the most of your South African adventure, we've curated five exceptional itineraries, each designed to cater to different traveler profiles. Whether you're a couple seeking romance or a family in search of adventure, our insider tips and personalized itineraries would ensure that your 2 weeks in South Africa are unforgettable.

These sample itineraries offer a starting point for planning a 2-week adventure in South Africa that would suit you, which we are always ready to tailor to your specific interests and preferences.

1. 14-Day Classic South Africa Tour: Cape Town, the Garden Route, and a Kruger Safari

This 14-day adventure in South Africa promises an unforgettable journey, catering to both families and couples seeking a mix of culture, nature, and wildlife encounters.

Ideal for both families and couples, this itinerary is a perfect blend of relaxation, exploration, and adventure in one of the world's most captivating destinations.

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Sample itinerary:

Days 1–4: Cape Town
Days 5–6: The Cape Winelands and the Cape Peninsula
Days 7–9: The Garden Route
Days 10–13: Kruger National Park
Day 14: Departure

This itinerary covers a wide range of South Africa's diverse landscapes and experiences. Start with the urban charm of Cape Town, then venture into the tranquil Winelands and explore the stunning coastline of the Cape Peninsula. Continue along the Garden Route for a blend of nature and adventure before ending your journey with unforgettable wildlife encounters in Kruger National Park.

For families, we can arrange for you to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, take a scenic family hike in Tsitsikamma National Park, or enjoy a family-friendly safari in Kruger National Park. You can also explore the charming towns along the Garden Route, where family-friendly activities abound, from monkey sanctuaries to canopy tours.

Couples can enjoy romantic sunsets from Table Mountain or Cape Point, and take a leisurely wine tour in the Cape Winelands. In Kruger National Park, you can indulge in private game drives for an intimate wildlife experience.

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2. 14-Day South Africa Family Adventure

This journey is perfect for families looking to create lasting memories while exploring the diverse beauty of South Africa.

From the vibrant city of Cape Town to the picturesque Winelands, the scenic Garden Route, and thrilling safaris at the Shamwari Game Reserve, this itinerary offers a well-rounded blend of culture, nature, and wildlife experiences that cater to every family member's interests and preferences.

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Sample itinerary:

Days 1–3: Cape Town
Days 4–6: The Cape Winelands
Days 7–10: The Garden Route
Days 11–13: Shamwari Game Reserve
Day 14: Drive to Port Elizabeth and depart

This family-friendly adventure in South Africa has been carefully tailored to delight both parents and teenagers alike.

Begin in Cape Town, where you'll explore the Cape Peninsula, visiting iconic sites like Cape Point and Boulders Beach to see penguins. In the Cape Winelands, indulge in wine tastings for the adults and enjoy outdoor activities that are suitable for children.

The Garden Route promises scenic beauty, with stops in Knysna and Oudtshoorn, and family adventures, such as treetop canopy tours and wildlife sanctuaries.

The adventure continues with a visit to Shamwari Game Reserve, renowned for its conservation efforts and extraordinary wildlife encounters. There, you would have the chance to see the Big Five and other fascinating animals up close on thrilling safaris.

Whether you want to add extra days of adventure, cultural exploration, or relaxation, our experts are here to create an unforgettable journey that's designed just for you.

3. 2-Week South Africa Romantic Retreat for Couples

If you're looking for a romantic escape, this itinerary covering South Africa's Cape Winelands and the Garden Route provides the perfect backdrop and includes many activities that are specially designed for couples.

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Sample itinerary:

Days 1–3: Cape Town
Days 4–6: The Cape Winelands
Days 7–10: The Garden Route
Days 11–14: An Eastern Cape safari

Start your journey in Cape Town, exploring its iconic landmarks, such as Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront. Then, venture into the picturesque Cape Winelands, where we can arrange for you to savor world-class wines and dine in charming vineyard restaurants.

Continue your journey along the Garden Route, a scenic coastal drive that takes you through lush forests, pristine beaches, and charming towns. Enjoy a stay in Knysna or Plettenberg Bay and take a boat tour to explore the Knysna Heads.

Finally, end your romantic adventure with a safari in the Eastern Cape, where you can spot the Big Five and enjoy intimate game drives.

Just let us know who you're traveling with and your interests — our experts are here to tailor-make a uniquely fulfilling itinerary for you.

4. 14-Day South Africa Safari: Cape Town, Kruger, Chobe National Park, and Victoria Falls

This exceptional itinerary combines the vibrant cityscape of Cape Town with thrilling safaris in Kruger National Park, the breathtaking beauty of Chobe National Park, and the awe-inspiring wonder of Victoria Falls.

Whether you're a couple seeking a romantic getaway or a family in search of a memorable bonding experience, this safari offers a perfect blend of natural wonders, cultural exploration, and wildlife encounters.

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Sample itinerary:

Days 1–4: Cape Town
Days 5–7: A safari in Kruger National Park
Day 8: Johannesburg
Days 9–11: Chobe National Park, Botswana
Days 12–13: Victoria Falls
Day 14: End of your adventure

This itinerary covers some of South Africa's most iconic destinations and offers a range of unforgettable experiences.

In Cape Town, you would immerse yourself in the beauty of Cape Point, explore the lush Winelands, and have some leisure time to discover the city's unique charm.

Kruger National Park promises incredible wildlife encounters, including the Big Five — lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinos.

Chobe National Park, located in Botswana, offers the chance to cruise along the Chobe River, witnessing herds of elephants and hippos in their natural habitat.

The grand finale awaits at Victoria Falls, one of the world's most iconic natural wonders. Feel the mist on your face as you stand in awe of this powerful waterfall (the world's largest), and take part in adrenaline-pumping activities, such as bungee jumping or helicopter rides over the falls.

You are welcome to contact one of our South Africa specialists and personalize your trip.

5.14-Day Ultimate South Africa Tour: Culture, Safaris, and Beaches

If you're seeking a diverse and unforgettable South African adventure that encompasses culture, safaris, and beach experiences, look no further.

This 14-day journey is tailor-made for those who crave a rich blend of history, wildlife encounters, scenic beauty, and relaxation.

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Sample itinerary:

Days 1–3: Cape Town
Days 4–5: The Cape Winelands
Day 6: Johannesburg
Days 7–9: Kruger National Park
Days 10–13: Thonga Beach
Day 14: Transfer to Johannesburg and departure

During this 14-day South African adventure, you would encounter a series of unforgettable experiences, each more captivating than the last.

To begin with, revel in the awe-inspiring views from the summit of Table Mountain, immerse yourself in Cape Town's vibrant culture, and explore its bustling neighborhoods. Savor the rich flavors of South African wines amid the picturesque Winelands.

Then, venture into the wilds of Kruger National Park to witness the Big Five and a myriad of other wildlife species in their natural habitat.

Finally, unwind on the pristine shores of Thonga Beach, where you can explore vibrant coral reefs and bask in the sun on sandy beaches.

Explore South Africa exactly the way you want, with our private tailor-made tours. Just tell us what you're dreaming of and we can turn it into a breathtaking adventure that's designed just for you.

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