51 days in South Africa Itinerary

51 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Port Elizabeth
— 10 nights
Drive
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East London
— 3 nights
Fly to OR Tambo International Airport, Drive to Pretoria
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Pretoria
— 27 nights
Drive
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Johannesburg
— 1 day
Drive
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Pretoria
— 5 nights
Drive to OR Tambo International Airport, Fly to Kimberley Airport
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Kimberley
— 3 nights
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Bloemfontein
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth

— 10 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.
Visit Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial and Seal Point for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Elizabeth: Cape St Francis (Seal Point Lighthouse & Sanccob Eastern Cape - Penguin Rehabilitation Center) and Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park and stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth trip planning tool.

Pretoria to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pretoria in June: highs in Port Elizabeth hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to East London.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 8:

East London

— 3 nights
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. East London is known for zoos & aquariums, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Nahoon Beach, browse the different shops at Hemingways Mall, observe the fascinating underwater world at East London Aquarium, and explore the galleries of Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our East London road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to East London in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in East London are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in East London

Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Pretoria

— 27 nights
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Popular historic sites such as Union Buildings and Fort Schanskop are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Groenkloof Nature Reserve and Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pretoria: Bronkhorstspruit (Nan Hua Temple & Anton Smit Sculpture Park), Lesedi Cultural Village (in Lanseria) and Incendo Distillery (in Hartbeespoort). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pretoria travel route planning app.

Explore your travel options from East London to Pretoria with the Route module. While traveling from East London, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Pretoria, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — Aug 7:

Johannesburg

— 1 day

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.
To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary website.

Getting from Pretoria to Johannesburg by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Pretoria in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pretoria.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Pretoria

— 5 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Africa and Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pretoria: L'abri Farm Shop and Brewery (in Bela Bela) and Hartbeespoort Dam (in Hartbeespoort). Enjoy Pretoria some more: take in nature's colorful creations at Pretoria National Botanical Garden, experience rural life at Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij, steep yourself in history at Smuts House Museum, and stop by Santa's Warehouse.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pretoria journey planner.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Pretoria takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for slightly colder days in Pretoria, with highs around 19°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:

Kimberley

— 3 nights

City that Sparkles

As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole, browse the exhibits of Duggan Cronin Gallery, examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum, and take in the history at Magersfontein Battlefield.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kimberley trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pretoria to Kimberley. While traveling from Pretoria, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kimberley, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Kimberley

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

Bloemfontein

— 2 nights

City of Roses

Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J. R. R. Tolkien, Bloemfontein blends a variety of African and European cultures, creating an environment suited for both business and leisure.
On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Anglo Boer War Museum, and then take some stellar pictures from Naval Hill.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bloemfontein trip maker app.

You can drive from Kimberley to Bloemfontein in 2 hours. August in Bloemfontein sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

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.