11 days in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal & Limpopo Province Itinerary

11 days in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal & Limpopo Province Itinerary

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Graskop
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
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Durban
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cathkin Park
— 1 night
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St Lucia
— 1 night
Fly to Nelspruit, Taxi to Hoedspruit
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Graskop

Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
On the 20th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, explore and take pictures at Panorama Route, and then look for gifts at Delgoa Arts & Crafts.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Graskop trip itinerary maker app.

Polokwane to Graskop is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Graskop when traveling from Polokwane in June, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:

Nelspruit

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & The Elephant Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and try to win big at Emnotweni Casino.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit online day trip planner.

Drive from Graskop to Nelspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

Durban

— 2 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll through Golden Mile, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then get your game on at KartingKZN Galleria. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World and then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Durban trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nelspruit in June since evenings lows in Durban dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cathkin Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Cathkin Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Drakensberg Mountains, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Drakensberg Boys Choir School, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drakensberg Brewery.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cathkin Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Durban to Cathkin Park in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 26:

St Lucia

— 1 night
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mtuba Mall.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our St Lucia trip site.

Traveling by car from Cathkin Park to St Lucia takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:

Hoedspruit

— 3 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Step out of Hoedspruit to go to Phalaborwa and see Safaris, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, browse the exhibits of iNyoka Art Gallery, get to know the resident critters at Hippo Jessica, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from St Lucia to Hoedspruit in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Mpumalanga travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Nature & Parks · Geologic Formations
Hike through the world's third-highest canyon, and the only green one in the world; explore the world's oldest cave; and witness the diverse wildlife in the many reserves of Mpumalanga. This "place where the sun rises," as the name means in local tongues, features stunning mountain scenery, lush valleys, and charming towns with refreshingly cool weather. Mpumalanga's attractions draw crowds of visitors from far and wide: follow the trails of the 19th-century gold rush in old gold-seeker's towns, rappel down a waterfall, or just take a dip in the pools below after a hike through the rainforests.

KwaZulu-Natal travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · Aquariums · Beaches
In KwaZulu-Natal, opposites attract: modern malls and old bazaars, tribal settlements and shiny skyscrapers, and traditional customs and Western culture. Relax on some of the numerous tranquil beaches that dot the region's long coastline on the Indian Ocean. Climb the mountains, take a savannah safari, see Africa's Big Five game, then go partying after dark. Other highlights of a KwaZulu-Natal itinerary include the second-highest waterfall in the world, Zulu villages, and historic battlefields.

Limpopo Province travel guide

3.9
Nature & Parks · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Zoos
With a name meaning "strong gushing waterfalls" in the Sepedi language, Limpopo features powerful streams, rivers, and waterfalls. A trip through Limpopo reveals several mining towns; tea, tropical fruit, and forestry production areas; as well as mineral springs to the south. A road cuts through the middle of Limpopo, which acts as an important route towards the rest of Africa. Rich in natural resources, Limpopo's tourist attractions include more than 50 game reserves.