51 days in South Africa Itinerary

51 days in South Africa Itinerary

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51 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Durban
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Hazyview
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
4
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Port Elizabeth
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Durban

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Zinkwazi Beach (in Zinkwazi Beach), Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti). The adventure continues: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, stroll through Willard Beach, explore the galleries of Makiwa Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Durban trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Durban is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in March: highs in Durban hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Ballito, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Zinkwazi Beach, KartingKZN Galleria
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

4
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 Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Safaris, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and have fun at JW Shooting Range.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hazyview trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Durban to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durban in March; daily highs in Hazyview reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelspruit, JW Shooting Range
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris
Zipline

6
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 Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Phalaborwa (Safaris & Amarula Lapa). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, and get to know the resident critters at Kinyonga Reptile Center.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip planner.

You can take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Spas
Safaris

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 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 29th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail, trek along Mphongolo Backpacking Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

Plan a Kruger National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (National Library of South Africa & Union Buildings), Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, try your luck at Gold Reef City, and buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Greenstone Mall, Montecasino, Ukutula Conservation Center
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:
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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.
Cape Town is known for parks, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, stop by Abseil Africa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip maker app.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Wilderness (Kaaiman's River & Wilderness Beach), Cape Palette Art Gallery (in George) and Lappiesbaai Beach (in Stilbaai). There's much more to do: Head underground at Cango Caves, cruise along Swartberg Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, Lappiesbaai Beach, Cape Palette Art Gallery
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads), Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge, Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, &more) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay day trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

6
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Elizabeth: Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown), Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Sardinia Bay Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, and browse the exhibits of Ron Belling Art Gallery.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Port Elizabeth road trip website.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Chokka Trail, Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Sundays River Mouth and Beach
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 30:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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