31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Mthatha
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Buenos Aires

1
night
Johannesburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then try to win big at Emperors Palace.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip builder .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trip

Emperors Palace
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Masorini Archaeological Site and Amarula Lapa. Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. When in Kruger National Park, make a side trip to see Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, approximately Phalaborwa away. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, trek along Nyalaland Wilderness Trail, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris

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.
Kids will enjoy Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Relax by the water at Clifton Beaches and Camp's Bay Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Cape Town day trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Kruger National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Cape Town, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Franschhoek Pass.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Stellenbosch road trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Franschhoek Pass
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Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus vacation maker site .

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Hermanus sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

4
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Plettenberg Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cola Beach and Bollard Bay. Escape the urban bustle at Robberg Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Birds of Eden (in The Crags) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Hermanus to Knysna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Hermanus in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Knysna, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mthatha.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

7
nights
Mthatha

Mthatha ©
Kids will enjoy Mdumbi Beach and Lubanzi Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Double Mouth Nature Reserve and Dwesa Nature Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mthatha: Maclear (Tsitsa Falls & Naude's Nek Pass (R396)), Silaka Nature Reserve (in Port St Johns) and Coffee Bay (Coffee Bay Beach & Hole in the Wall).

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mthatha road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Mthatha takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Knysna in January, you will find days in Mthatha are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Mthatha

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Maclear, Port St Johns, Coffee Bay, Double Mouth Nature Reserve, Lubanzi Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 18:
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Silaka Nature Reserve ©
Silaka Nature Reserve
Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach
Naude's Nek Pass (R396) ©
Naude's Nek Pass (R396)

1
night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
To find reviews and tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mthatha to Johannesburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Jack Friedman Eastgate
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House
Jack Friedman Eastgate ©
Jack Friedman Eastgate

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