30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Start: Zurich
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
2
Hazyview
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
4
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Zurich

3
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.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, approximately Pretoria away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, contemplate the long history of Nelson Mandela Foundation, and stop by Maboneng Precinct.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg itinerary builder website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Johannesburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in November, you will find days in Johannesburg are much warmer (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Voortrekker Monument, Montecasino
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

3
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.
Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, &more) and Delgoa Arts & Crafts (in Graskop). There's much more to do: stroll through Elephant Whispers, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hazyview online trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Hazyview in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. November in Hazyview sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Delgoa Arts & Crafts
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Phalaborwa (Safaris, Amarula Lapa, &more). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Spas
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge

5
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 14th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, stroll through Bushmans Trail, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

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
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery and then stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Elizabeth using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Port Elizabeth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in November, you will find days in Port Elizabeth are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Dockside Brewery ©
Dockside Brewery

3
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: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Otter Trail) and Garden Route National Park (in Knysna). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Birds of Eden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): Head underground at Cango Caves, cruise along Swartberg Pass, and then make a trip to Roger Young Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Roger Young Gallery, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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 nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stop by Abseil Africa, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online road trip planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in November, you will find days in Cape Town are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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