35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Fly
5
Durban
— 4 nights
Drive
6
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly
8
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Bus
9
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Hazyview
— 4 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town. Traveling from London in July, things will get slightly colder in Cape Town: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then Head underground at Cango Caves, and then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn travel planner.

Drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

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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.
On the 30th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, stroll through Birds of Eden, and then trek along Otter Trail. On your second day here, stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Plettenberg Bay, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth road trip planner.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Port Elizabeth, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your trip

4
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shark Diving and Holla Trails. Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: Spas (in Ballito) and Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, view the masterpieces at Africa Art Gallery, and browse the different shops at Westville Junction.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Durban journey builder tool.

Fly from Port Elizabeth to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in August, expect Durban to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

2
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St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Bhangazi Horse Safaris, then explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mtuba Mall.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read St Lucia visit website.

Getting from Durban to St Lucia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

4
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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.
Family-friendly places like Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Union Buildings (in Pretoria), Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and 7th Heaven Scuba (in Krugersdorp). Spend the 10th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and see the interesting displays at Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

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

Traveling by flight from St Lucia to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

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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.
Attractions like Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Siyafunda Conservation make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Phalaborwa to see Safaris about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, browse the exhibits of Kingfisher Gallery, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in August since evenings lows in Hoedspruit dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:

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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 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 20th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park attractions planning app.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

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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.
Bring the kids along to Safaris and Elephant Whispers. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hazyview: Nelspruit (Lowveld National Botanical Garden & Joubert en Seuns Padstal). It doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and stroll through Perry's Bridge Reptile Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Hazyview takes 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

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.