35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

4
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Ukutula Conservation Center. Change things up with a short trip to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, try your luck at Montecasino, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg online vacation planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in September: highs in Johannesburg hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument, Ukutula Conservation Center
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Safaris
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bushmans Trail, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

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

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

4
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 in touch with nature at Safaris and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip maker app .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Safaris
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Elephant Whispers. Change things up with these side-trips from Hazyview: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Montrose Falls, & more). It doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hazyview online trip maker .

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in October, expect nights in Hazyview to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Nelspruit
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris
Zipline

4
nights
Durban

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.
Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Mac Nicol's Caravan Park. When in Durban, make a side trip to see Stormy Hill Trails & Tails in Boston, approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at uShaka Marine World, enjoy some diversion at Giba Gorge Horse Trails, browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery, and explore the stunning scenery at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hazyview in October: high temperatures in Durban hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Stormy Hill Trails & Tails, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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Shark Diving
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails ©
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve ©
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

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.
On the 11th (Fri), do a tasting at Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, and finally take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn road trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Oudtshoorn is a bit cooler than Durban - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

De Rust, Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
Get in touch with nature at The Dolphin Trail and Otter Trail. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth) and Garden Route National Park (in Knysna). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

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

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River bridge, Otter Trail, The Dolphin Trail
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

8
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Abseil Africa. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to West Coast National Park in West Coast National Park, about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

West Coast National Park, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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