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
— 8 nights

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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

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Safaris
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

6
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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 Wolhuter Wilderness Trail. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, 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: 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

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

4
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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 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 bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. 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 drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Safaris
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Qualito Craft Distillery ©
Qualito Craft Distillery

3
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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.
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 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.

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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Montrose Falls ©
Montrose Falls

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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 Giba Gorge Horse Trails. Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, and explore the galleries of Makiwa Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durban tour planning app.

You can fly from Hazyview to Durban in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hazyview in October; daily highs in Durban reach 34°C and lows reach 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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Shark Diving
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails ©
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve ©
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

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Oudtshoorn

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 6 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

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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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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 Birds of Eden. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Otter Trail (in Tsitsikamma National Park), Garden Route National Park (in Knysna) and Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth). 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

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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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Cape Town

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 Platteklip Gorge. 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. There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape Point, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and admire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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