58 days in South Africa Itinerary

58 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa journey planner

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Potchefstroom
— 2 nights
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Pretoria
— 19 nights
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Durban
— 6 nights
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Underberg
— 1 night
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Pretoria
— 4 nights
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Pietermaritzburg
— 3 nights
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Pretoria
— 14 nights
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— 6 nights
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Potchefstroom

— 2 nights
Potchefstroom is an academic city in the North West Province of South Africa. For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Potchefstroom trip itinerary maker.

Pretoria to Potchefstroom is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. When traveling from Pretoria in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Potchefstroom, with highs around 28°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Potchefstroom

Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Pretoria

— 19 nights
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pretoria: Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom), Jack Friedman Eastgate (in Bedfordview) and Johannesburg (Apartheid Museum, Safaris, &more). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Montecasino, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, stroll through Adventures with Elephants, and explore by horseback at Horseback Africa.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pretoria trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Potchefstroom to Pretoria takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Potchefstroom in May, plan for slightly colder days in Pretoria, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 31:

Durban

— 6 nights

Surf City

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.
Go for a jaunt from Durban to Ballito to see Spas about 42 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World. And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, admire the verdant scenery at The Valley of a 1000 Hills, stroll through Golden Mile, and examine the collection at Phansi Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Durban day trip planning website.

You can fly from Pretoria to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pretoria in May; daily highs in Durban reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Underberg.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 6:

Underberg

— 1 night
Underberg is an administrative town in a dairy and cattle farming community in the Mzimkulu River valley of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Himeville Museum and then experience rural life at River Glen Farm Cheese.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Underberg vacation builder.

You can drive from Durban to Underberg in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Underberg

Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:
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Pretoria

— 4 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Greenstone Mall (in Modderfontein), Walking tours (in Kruger National Park) and Johannesburg (Johannesburg Zoo, Carlton Centre, &more). See some other sides of Pretoria: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and look for gifts at Jack Friedman Sandton City.

Plan my day in Pretoria using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Underberg to Pretoria. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pietermaritzburg.

Things to do in Pretoria

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:

Pietermaritzburg

— 3 nights
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 12th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St Luke's Anglican Church, examine the collection at Nelson Mandela Capture Site, and then make a trip to Pietermaritzburg Railway Station. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through African Bird of Prey Sanctuary and then walk around Wylie Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pietermaritzburg trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pretoria to Pietermaritzburg. Traveling from Pretoria in June, expect nights in Pietermaritzburg to be little chillier, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:

Pretoria

— 14 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pretoria: Hartbeespoort (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Horseback Riding Tours, &more), Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in Brits) and Johannesburg (Bag Factory Artist Studios, South Western Townships, &more). Enjoy Pretoria some more: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, grab your bike and head to Hedianga Farm, experience rural life at Irene Farm, and identify plant and animal life at Groenkloof Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pretoria online route planner.

Explore your travel options from Pietermaritzburg to Pretoria with the Route module. Traveling from Pietermaritzburg in June, you will find days in Pretoria are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 28:

Port Elizabeth

— 6 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.
Take a break from Port Elizabeth with a short trip to Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo in Addo Elephant National Park, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 30th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 2nd (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, try your luck at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve, and look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Elizabeth trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Pretoria to Port Elizabeth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Pretoria, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Port Elizabeth, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to East London.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 4:

East London

— 2 nights
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stroll through Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve and then get to know the resident critters at East London Lion Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Ann Bryant Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nahoon Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read East London trip planner.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to East London by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in East London are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in East London

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
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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.