11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Durban
1
Durban
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Durban

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Durban

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 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Durban travel app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Durban. January in Durban sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Durban

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

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Johannesburg

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg online holiday planner .

Getting from Durban to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Johannesburg, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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nights
Kruger National Park

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 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 10th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's more to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lonely Bull Trail.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 12th (Sun), go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hermanus trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Hermanus in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

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nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get great views at Cape Point, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cape Town day trip planning website .

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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night
Oudtshoorn

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Oudtshoorn, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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