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
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Johannesburg
— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery (in White River), Panorama Route (in Graskop) and Nelspruit (Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary & Lowveld National Botanical Garden). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and stop by Katundo Leather Shop.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Hazyview route builder app.

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, daytime highs in Hazyview are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 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). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, get to know the resident critters at Kinyonga Reptile Center, and explore the galleries of Kingfisher Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip planner.

You can take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough 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

6
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. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, see human ingenuity at work at Klaserie Dam, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kruger National Park trip simple and quick.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 17:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

4
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.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Union Buildings in Pretoria--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, browse the exhibits of I was shot in Joburg, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online road trip planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Union Buildings, Greenstone Mall, Montecasino
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 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.
Go for a jaunt from Cape Town to Stellenbosch to see De Zalze Golf Club about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, visit Abseil Africa, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

De Zalze Golf Club
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.
Explore Oudtshoorn's surroundings by going to St. Blaize Trail (in Mossel Bay), Wilderness Lagoon (in Wilderness) and Fernskloof Wines (in Prince Albert). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn attractions planner.

Drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fernskloof Wines, Wilderness Lagoon, St. Blaize Trail
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna (Knysna Heads, Jandreart Studio, &more) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Suspension Bridge, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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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