60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa travel planner

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Johannesburg
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Pretoria
— 16 nights
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Thabazimbi
— 6 nights
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Pretoria
— 8 nights
Drive to OR Tambo International Airport, Fly to Sishen Airport
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Kuruman
— 1 night
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Upington
— 2 nights
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Springbok
— 1 night
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Ceres
— 1 night
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Paarl
— 1 night
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Hermanus
— 1 night
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Calitzdorp
— 2 nights
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
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Bloemfontein
— 2 nights
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Kimberley
— 1 night
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Pretoria
— 3 nights
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Hazyview
— 3 nights
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Pretoria
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg

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 photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg road trip site.

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine to Johannesburg is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in April, expect Johannesburg to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 14°C. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off to Pretoria.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:

Pretoria

— 16 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: Brits (Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre & Ukutula Conservation Center), Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Hartbeespoort (Horseback Riding Tours, The Ugly Duckling, &more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Ludwig's Rose Farm, get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, and contemplate the long history of Union Buildings.

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You can drive from Johannesburg to Pretoria in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Pretoria, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Thabazimbi.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 18:

Thabazimbi

— 6 nights
Thabazimbi is an iron mining town in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Explore Thabazimbi's surroundings by going to Welgevonden Nature Reserve (in Vaalwater), Bela Bela (Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Adventures with Elephants, &more) and Sun City (Valley of Waves & Pilanesberg National Park). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Marakele National Park.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Thabazimbi vacation maker website.

Getting from Pretoria to Thabazimbi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Pretoria in April, you will find days in Thabazimbi are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Thabazimbi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 24:

Pretoria

— 8 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pretoria: Brits (Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre & Ukutula Conservation Center), Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Hartbeespoort (Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, Incendo Distillery, &more). See some other sides of Pretoria: pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hazel Food Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rietvlei Nature Reserve, and steep yourself in history at Union Buildings.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pretoria online tour builder.

You can drive from Thabazimbi to Pretoria in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Thabazimbi, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Pretoria, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuruman.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — May 2:

Kuruman

— 1 night
Kuruman is a town with 13,057 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at The Eye of Kuruman and then make a trip to Moffat Mission Station.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kuruman road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pretoria to Kuruman. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Upington.

Things to do in Kuruman

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Upington

— 2 nights
Upington is a town founded in 1884 and located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum, then learn about winemaking at Orange River Cellars, and then take an exotic tour of Kalahari Safaris Day Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Beauty & Body and then stroll through Tierberg Nature Reserve.

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You can drive from Kuruman to Upington in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Upington are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Springbok.

Things to do in Upington

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Springbok

— 1 night
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Goegap Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Springbok online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Upington to Springbok in 4 hours. Traveling from Upington in May, you will find days in Springbok are little chillier (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Ceres.

Things to do in Springbok

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Ceres

— 1 night
Ceres is the administrative centre and largest town of the Witzenberg Local Municipality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. On the 6th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Earthquake Museum and then look for gifts at The Farmyard Honey Factory.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ceres trip website.

You can drive from Springbok to Ceres in 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ceres are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paarl.

Things to do in Ceres

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

Paarl

— 1 night

Pearl of the Winelands

The town of Paarl remains best known for its landscape, dominated by a gargantuan granite outcrop--it's also notable as the birthplace of the Afrikaans language.
On the 8th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Afrikaans Language Monument, then examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Fairview Wine and Cheese.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Paarl tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ceres to Paarl takes an hour. In May in Paarl, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Paarl

Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Hermanus

— 1 night
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner.

Getting from Paarl to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

Plettenberg Bay

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and finally kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach.

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

Drive from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Calitzdorp.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Calitzdorp

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): do a tasting at De Krans Wines, learn about winemaking at Boplaas, explore the galleries of Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, then learn about winemaking at Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm, and finally cruise along Rooiberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Roger Young Gallery, look for gifts at Peter Bayly Wines, and then examine the collection at Calitzdorp Museum.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Calitzdorp trip planner.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Calitzdorp in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Calitzdorp

Wineries · Shopping · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, then admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Reinet House. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Owl House, see the interesting displays at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, and then stroll through Valley of Desolation.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Graaff-Reinet route planning app.

Traveling by car from Calitzdorp to Graaff-Reinet takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Oliewenhuis Art Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Anglo Boer War Museum. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Free State National Botanical Garden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagamoya Wildlife Estate.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bloemfontein day trip app.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Bloemfontein in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kimberley.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Kimberley

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole and then see the interesting displays at Kimberley Mine Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kimberley planner.

You can drive from Bloemfontein to Kimberley in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

Pretoria

— 3 nights
Explore Pretoria's surroundings by going to Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). See even more of Pretoria: appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, steep yourself in history at Union Buildings, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Discover how to plan a Pretoria trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kimberley to Pretoria. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kimberley in May: highs in Pretoria hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Hazyview

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Graskop (Panorama Route & Wonder View), Africa Joy (in White River) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Elephant Sanctuary, enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview planner.

Getting from Pretoria to Hazyview by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pretoria in May: highs in Hazyview hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Pretoria

— 5 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Pretoria side-trips: Brits (Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre & Ukutula Conservation Center), Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and The Ugly Duckling (in Hartbeespoort). Enjoy Pretoria some more: appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Kruger House Museum.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pretoria trip itinerary site.

Getting from Hazyview to Pretoria by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in May, you will find days in Pretoria are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

Johannesburg

City of Light

On the 29th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg journey planner.

Traveling by car from Pretoria to Johannesburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Pretoria in May, expect nights in Johannesburg to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

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.