43 days in South Africa Itinerary

43 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

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Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly to Port Elizabeth, Bus to Grahamstown
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Grahamstown
— 5 nights
Bus to Port Elizabeth Station, Fly to Capetown
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Cape Town
— 17 nights
Fly
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Port Elizabeth
— 7 nights
Fly
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Umhlanga Rocks
— 6 nights
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Johannesburg

— 6 nights

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.
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Sterkfontein Cave are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Lesedi Cultural Village (in Lanseria), Pretoria (Horseback Africa, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, &more) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hector Pieterson Museum, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, make a trip to South Western Townships, and examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg travel route planning tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:

Grahamstown

— 5 nights
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Clumber Church and Cathedral of St Michael and St George. Step out of the city life by going to Kariega Beach and Fish River Sun Golf Course. Explore Grahamstown's surroundings by going to Port Alfred (Fish River Lighthouse, The Kowie Museum, &more) and Kenton-on-Sea (Beachcomber Horse Trails & Mosaic Studio). The adventure continues: examine the collection at National English Literary Museum and take an exotic tour of Pumba Private Game Reserve Day Safari.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grahamstown attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Johannesburg to Grahamstown in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:

Cape Town

— 17 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island Museum and Waterford Estate. Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Pisces Divers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein), Nederburg Wines (in Paarl) and Franschhoek (Lynx Wine, Eikehof, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Abseil Africa, kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches.

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

Getting from Grahamstown to Cape Town by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — Mar 7:

Port Elizabeth

— 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and King's Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Beach and Daniell Cheetah Project. Step out of Port Elizabeth to go to Saint Francis Bay and see St Francis Bay Beach, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 12th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park, kick back and relax at Pollock Beach, try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, and see the interesting displays at South End Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth planning website.

Getting from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 14:

Umhlanga Rocks

— 6 nights
Hailed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Umhlanga Rocks boasts beautiful coastlines best suited for surfing, fishing, and whale and dolphin viewing.
Burnedale Farm and Makiwa Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Umhlanga Main Beach and Umdloti Beach. Explore Umhlanga Rocks' surroundings by going to Ballito (Willard Beach & Thompson's Bay Beach), Howick (Karkloof Canopy Tour & Karkloof Conservation Centre) and Zinkwazi Beach (in Zinkwazi Beach). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, take in the spiritual surroundings of Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam, stroll through Umhlanga Beach, and browse the exhibits of Africa Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Umhlanga Rocks trip planner.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Umhlanga Rocks by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Port Elizabeth in March, with highs in Umhlanga Rocks at 35°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Umhlanga Rocks

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 20:

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.