32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly
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Kimberley
— 1 night
Drive
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Clarens
— 1 night
Drive
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Sun City
— 1 night
Drive
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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly
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Durban
— 3 nights
Fly

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Port Elizabeth

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Explore Port Elizabeth's surroundings by going to Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). Spend the 11th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Hobie Beach, contemplate the long history of Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial, stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and stroll through Sardinia Bay Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth route tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Port Elizabeth. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

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Tsitsikamma National Park

On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 17th (Thu), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. The adventure continues: take in the views from Suspension Bridge, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, view the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery, and hike along Waterfall Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park route planning website.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tsitsikamma National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

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Cape Town

Mother City

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cape Town using our trip planner.

Getting from Tsitsikamma National Park to Cape Town by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:

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Kimberley

City that Sparkles

As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kimberley Mine Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, and then view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kimberley trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Town to Kimberley. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Kimberley are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Clarens.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

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Clarens

Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Clarens Brewery and then look for gifts at Anja & Friends.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Clarens attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kimberley to Clarens takes 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kimberley in December; daily highs in Clarens reach 32°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Sun City.

Things to do in Clarens

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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Sun City

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a splash at Valley of Waves.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sun City holiday builder tool.

Drive from Clarens to Sun City in 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Clarens in December: high temperatures in Sun City hover around 37°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Sun City

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Johannesburg

City of Light

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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, explore and take pictures at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sun City to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sun City in December; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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Hoedspruit

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa) and Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Masorini Archaeological Site, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, play a few rounds at Drakensig Golf Club, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

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Nelspruit

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Kruger National Park (Safaris & Napi Wilderness Trail) and Hazyview (Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, Elephant Whispers, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, admire the sheer force of Montrose Falls, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Nelspruit route maker website.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. January in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

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Durban

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.
Durban is known for zoos & aquariums, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, look for gifts at Awesome Africa, make a splash at uShaka Wet 'n Wild, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Durban online holiday maker.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Durban, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Western Cape travel guide

4.2
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Mountains
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.

Northern Cape travel guide

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National Parks · History Museums · Nature & Parks
Highlights from a Northern Cape itinerary include rock climbing among the mountains and learning about the region's diamond-mining history. See a former excavation site--now filled with water--that claims to be the world's largest hole excavated by hand. Although partially covered in desert, the region blooms in spring, when the spectacle of vast fields of flowers generates an influx of tourism to the Northern Cape, the largest and most sparsely populated region of South Africa.

Free State travel guide

3.8
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Breweries
Witness the natural beauty, pristine rural areas, and sandstone rock formations in the heart of South Africa's Free State region. Effectively the granary of South Africa, the state draws a large number of tourists to its scenic farmlands and plowed fields. Take a tour of Free State's several important gold-mining towns, including one of the world's few completely preplanned cities. Visit sandstone cliffs in the region's national park, where the sunset's brilliant shades add another kind of gold to your holiday in Free State.

North-West Province travel guide

3.6
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Water Parks
A trip to the North-West Province can include everything from sunning and swimming on beaches to exploration of World Heritage Sites. The region also acts boasts some of the world's biggest entertainment centers, with casinos, golf courses, and concert halls supplementing North West's tourism sector. Explore UNESCO-protected attractions including the world's largest meteor crater and a hominid fossil site. Most of the population in North West consists of rural people with well-preserved traditions, so take a guided tour of these living-museum communities.

Gauteng travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Landmarks
On a trip to Gauteng, you'll witness the golden roots of South Africa, and the World Heritage-listed Cradle of Humankind. The region's name means "place of gold" in the Sesotho language, and dates from the beginnings of the gold industry in Johannesburg in 1886. Mine tours tell the tale of this booming era, while today the region encompasses tall skyscrapers, Indian markets, and African medicine lodges. Topping most Gauteng itineraries, bustling Jo'burg contends with the fascinating valley revealing the origins of human civilization. Enrich your trip with tranquil nature reserves and museums tracing South Africa's complex heritage.

Limpopo Province travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Zoos · Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.

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.