32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 6 nights
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Mossel Bay
— 4 nights
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Hermanus
— 5 nights
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth

— 2 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Attractions like Paradise Beach and Kragga Kamma Game Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's more to do: gain insight at Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary builder site.

Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Port Elizabeth hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Owl House, admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, and then stroll through Valley of Desolation. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Camdeboo National Park.

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Getting from Port Elizabeth to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Knysna

— 6 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden Route National Park and Brenton on Sea. Kids will enjoy Knysna Lagoon and Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Wilderness (Parasailing & Paragliding, Wilderness Beach, &more), The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary) and Plettenberg Bay (Nelson Bay Cave, Plett Puzzle Park, &more). It doesn't end there: stroll through Radical Raptors and snap pictures at Suspension Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna visit planner.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

Mossel Bay

— 4 nights

Bay of Attraction

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Get outdoors at St. Blaize Trail and Meiringspoort Waterfall. Kids will enjoy Redberry Farm and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Mossel Bay side-trips: George (Victoria Bay, Outeniqua Transport Museum, &more) and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm (in Oudtshoorn). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Santos Beach and meet the residents at The Shark Lab.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay journey planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Mossel Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mossel Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Hermanus

— 5 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grotto Beach and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Step off the beaten path and head to Voelklip Beach and Franschhoek Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas), Waenhuiskrans Caves (in Arniston) and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, and stop by Stone House Estate Cheeses.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hermanus travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mossel Bay to Hermanus in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Cape Town

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bloubergstrand Beach and Chapman's Peak Drive. Take a break from the city and head to Muizenberg Beach and Pisces Divers. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Afrikaans Language Monument (in Paarl), Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon (in Langebaan) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum & First South African Perfume Museum). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Cool Runnings, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, admire the natural beauty at Company's Gardens, and explore the striking landscape of West Coast National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town holiday planning app.

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. In January in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 9:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sudwala Caves and Lone Creek Falls. Kids will appreciate attractions like Safaris and Elephant Whispers. Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Hazyview to see Shangana Cultural Village about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and look for gifts at Shautany Chocolatiers.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip planning app.

Getting from Cape Town to Nelspruit by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Hoedspruit

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and then stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit tour itinerary app.

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.