33 days in South Africa Itinerary

33 days in South Africa Itinerary

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33 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
1
Hazyview
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
3
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Port Elizabeth

3
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Panorama Route (in Graskop), Nelspruit (Lowveld National Botanical Garden & Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary) and Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery (in White River). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stop by Katundo Leather Shop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip itinerary maker.

Port Elizabeth to Hazyview is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hazyview can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery, Panorama Route
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Safaris

4
nights
Hoedspruit

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa, Qualito Craft Distillery, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hippo Jessica, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit tour itinerary builder tool.

You can take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Spas
Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica

5
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 13th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, see human ingenuity at work at Klaserie Dam, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mphongolo Backpacking Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park travel route builder site.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

5
nights
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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (National Library of South Africa & Union Buildings). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Greenstone Mall, Montecasino
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

7
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, admire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Cape Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 28:
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness (Parasailing & Paragliding & Wilderness Beach). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Cango Caves, stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Oudtshoorn fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Wilderness
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

5
nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna Heads (in Knysna), Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge, Otter Trail, &more) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's lots more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave, pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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