57 days in South Africa Itinerary

57 days in South Africa Itinerary

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57 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
1
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cape Town
— 10 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Umhlanga Rocks
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
5
Hazyview
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
7
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Johannesburg
— 8 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Manchester

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and St Mildred's Chapelry. African Hands Art Gallery and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: IBIS Gallery (in Montagu), Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and Joe Lategan Fine Art Gallery (in Kleinmond). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery, explore the galleries of Edna Fourie Gallery, learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hermanus Country Market.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip builder.

Manchester, UK to Hermanus is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Manchester to Hermanus, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Manchester in August since evenings lows in Hermanus dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stanford, Montagu, Robertson, Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

10
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get some historical perspective at Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope. Head to Greenmarket Square and Cape Quarter Mallfor some retail therapy. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see West Coast National Park in West Coast National Park, approximately West Coast National Park away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, and stop by Prins & Prins.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cape Town vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

West Coast National Park
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bitou Art Gallery and Jandreart Studio. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Palms Garden Square and Mosaic Outdoor Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, Otter Trail, &more), George (St Mark's Cathedral & Cape Palette Art Gallery) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Peggy's African Art and Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, browse the exhibits of Porcupine Ceramics, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay holiday builder site.

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, George, Palms Garden Square
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

6
nights
Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Rocks ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Zinkwazi Beach and Willard Beach. Shop till you drop at The Puzzle Place and Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Watercrest Mall (in Waterfall), Hillcrest (Winsome View Animal Farm & Bistro & Lillies Quarter) and Ballito (Ballito Junction & Tinley Manor Beach). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at La Lucia Mall, view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, and browse the exhibits of Africa Art Gallery.

Before you visit Umhlanga Rocks, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Plettenberg Bay to Umhlanga Rocks takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, things will get a bit warmer in Umhlanga Rocks: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Umhlanga Rocks

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Ballito, Hillcrest, La Lucia Mall, The Puzzle Place, Ballito Lifestyle Centre
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:
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Zinkwazi Beach ©
Zinkwazi Beach
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve ©
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

6
nights
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.
Head to Katundo Leather Shop and Into The Kruger Wildlife Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at The White River Gallery and Shangana Cultural Village. Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: White River (Bagdad Centre & Bagdad Farmers Market) and Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, i'langa Mall, &more). There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hazyview online vacation planner.

Getting from Umhlanga Rocks to Hazyview by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Umhlanga Rocks in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hazyview, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Shopping Parks

Side Trips

White River, Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

6
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Head to Kingfisher Gallery and 24 Degrees Southfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa, Hans Merensky Golf Course, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge, tee off at Drakensig Golf Club, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit journey maker site.

Take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 6:
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Safaris
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kruger National Park and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary app.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Horseback Africa. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill and Mandela House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Kromdraai Gold Mine (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), Pretoria (Kruger House Museum, Irene Village Market, &more) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, explore the world behind art at Soweto Inspirational Home Museum, explore the galleries of Standard Bank Gallery, and browse the different shops at 44 Stanley.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker site.

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 October, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pretoria, Kromdraai Gold Mine, 24 Boxes, Lion and Safari Park, Jack Friedman Eastgate
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 21:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©

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