35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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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.
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.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and 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 Tours

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.
Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kruger National Park road trip planning app.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:
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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 Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Safaris, Qualito Craft Distillery, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a bus 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
Siyafunda Conservation ©
Siyafunda Conservation

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 Safaris and Elephant Whispers will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Hazyview: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Montrose Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hazyview trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hazyview by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Hoedspruit in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Hazyview, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nelspruit
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Safaris
Zipline
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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 Mac Nicol's Caravan Park. Go for a jaunt from Durban to Boston to see Stormy Hill Trails & Tails about 1h 45 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, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and try your luck at Giba Gorge Horse Trails.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Durban trip builder app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hazyview to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. 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

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.
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 more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Durban to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 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

Side Trips

De Rust, Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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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: Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth) and Garden Route National Park (in Knysna). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, 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 24°C and lows of 15°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 Outdoors

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 Robben Island Museum. 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: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and visit Abseil Africa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town itinerary planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Cape Town are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°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
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 23:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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