35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Hazyview
— 3 nights
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Durban
— 4 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
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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.
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 30°C to lows of 12°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 · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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 Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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 Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip planning tool.

You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:

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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 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Hoedspruit in October, plan for little chillier days in Hazyview, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Durban

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.
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 20 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 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Durban is a bit warmer than Hazyview - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Oudtshoorn

Ostrich Capital of the World

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, then explore 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, then do 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 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in October, expect Oudtshoorn to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

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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 Birds of Eden. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth), Garden Route National Park (in Knysna) and Otter Trail (in Tsitsikamma National Park). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

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Cape Town

Mother City

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 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.