43 days in South Africa Itinerary

43 days in South Africa Itinerary

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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 Apartheid Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Ukutula Conservation Center. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (Horseback Africa, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, &more), Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in Brits). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hector Pieterson Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, make a trip to South Western Townships, and admire the majestic nature at Alberts Farm.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Johannesburg. In February, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 Fish River Lighthouse. Step out of the city life by going to Kariega Beach and The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. Explore Grahamstown's surroundings by going to Port Alfred (Fish River Sun Golf Course, The Kowie Museum, &more) and Kenton-on-Sea (Beachcomber Horse Trails & Mosaic Studio). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National English Literary Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Pumba Private Game Reserve Day Safari, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Michael and St George.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Grahamstown trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Johannesburg to Grahamstown takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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 Boschendal Wine 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: Nederburg Wines (in Paarl), Stellenbosch (Stark-Conde Wines, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, &more) and Franschhoek (Lynx Wine, Eikehof, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Strand Beach, contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia, kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, and whizz through the canopy at Abseil Africa.

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 Kragga Kamma Game Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Beach and Shamwari Game Reserve. Explore Port Elizabeth's surroundings by going to St Francis Bay Beach (in Saint Francis Bay) and Daniell Cheetah Project (in Kirkwood). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at King's Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sardinia Bay Beach.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Port Elizabeth travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Port Elizabeth are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can 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 Africa Art 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 Zinkwazi Beach (in Zinkwazi Beach), Ballito (Willard Beach & Thompson's Bay Beach) and Howick (Karkloof Canopy Tour & Karkloof Conservation Centre). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Beach.

Plan trip to Umhlanga Rocks with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Port Elizabeth to Umhlanga Rocks in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in March, expect Umhlanga Rocks to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can 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

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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.