35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
2
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
4
Hazyview
— 3 nights
5
Durban
— 4 nights
6
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
8
Cape Town
— 8 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Ukutula Conservation Center. Change things up with a short trip to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, try your luck at Montecasino, and don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Museums Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Ukutula Conservation Center, Voortrekker Monument
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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.
Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Mphongolo Backpacking Trail. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, stroll through Idube Game Reserve, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kruger National Park road trip planning app.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

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

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 Siyafunda Conservation. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:
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Safaris
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Qualito Craft Distillery ©
Qualito Craft Distillery

3
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.
Visiting Sudwala Caves and Safaris will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Hazyview: Nelspruit (Montrose Falls & Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary). There's more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Hoedspruit in October, plan for little chillier days in Hazyview, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nelspruit
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Safaris
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Montrose Falls ©
Montrose Falls

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Stormy Hill Trails & Tails. Go for a jaunt from Durban to Sihangwane to see Mac Nicol's Caravan Park about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, look for gifts at Awesome Africa, try your luck at Giba Gorge Horse Trails, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Durban trip builder app.

Fly from Hazyview to Durban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, Durban is a bit warmer than Hazyview - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Stormy Hill Trails & Tails
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, thendo a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Oudtshoorn takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in October, expect Oudtshoorn to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Garden Route National Park (in Knysna) and Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay road trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, Storms River bridge
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. 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. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cape Town online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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