31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Hazyview
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Fly to King Shaka International Airport, Drive to Shelly Beach
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Shelly Beach
— 1 night
Drive
5
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive
9
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Cape Town
— 6 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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Greenstone Mall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see 7th Heaven Scuba in Krugersdorp, approximately Krugersdorp away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, get engrossed in the history at Hector Pieterson Museum, learn insider's secrets on Time Anchor Distillery, and examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg travel route planner.

Cape Town to Johannesburg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
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Apartheid Museum ©
Must see
Apartheid Museum
4.5
©
Must see
Safaris
4.8

4
nights
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. Get a sense of the local culture at Amarula Lapa and Masorini Archaeological Site. Spend the 24th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail and stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the 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. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Hoedspruit (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and stroll through Elephant Whispers.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kruger National Park in November: highs in Hazyview hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shelly Beach.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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1
night
Shelly Beach

On the 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Trafalgar Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lucien Beach, and then meet some fierce fish with Aqua Planet.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Shelly Beach trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hazyview to Shelly Beach. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hazyview in November: highs in Shelly Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Shelly Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:
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Aqua Planet ©
Shark Diving
Aqua Planet
4.8

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stop by Awesome Africa, then examine the collection at Phansi Museum, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at West Street Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban, then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Beach, and then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Durban day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shelly Beach to Durban takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Shelly Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durban, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
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4
nights
Port Elizabeth

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Get outdoors at Afroventures Tours & Safaris and Safaris. Spend the 5th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park, kick back and relax at Hobie Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth route maker tool.

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in December, with highs in Port Elizabeth at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
Highlights from your trip
Afroventures Tours & Safaris ©
Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Afroventures Tours & Safaris
4.8
©
Safari
Safaris
4.8

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden. Venture out of the city with trips to Tsitsikamma National Park (Waterfall Trail & Face Adrenalin), FlyTime Paragliding South Africa (in Sedgefield) and Knysna (Holy Trinity Church & Garden Route National Park). It doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip maker app.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Waterfall Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Waterfall Trail
4.6
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Nature / Park
Robberg Nature Reserve
4.8
Birds of Eden ©
Nature / Park
Birds of Eden
4.7

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of St Jude's Anglican Church, then cruise along Swartberg Pass, then Head underground at Cango Caves, and finally learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip
Swartberg Pass ©
Scenic Drive
Swartberg Pass
4.7
Cango Caves ©
Cave
Cango Caves
4.5
St Jude's Anglican Church ©
Architectural Building
St Jude's Anglican Church
4.3

2
nights
Swellendam

Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 12th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then browse the exhibits of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then admire the landmark architecture of Barrydale Dutch Reformed Church, and finally explore the galleries of Montagu Museum and Art Gallery. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Magpie Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church, and then trek along De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Swellendam attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swellendam

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip
Drostdy Museum ©
History Museum
Drostdy Museum
4.5

6
nights
Cape Town

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
District Six Museum and Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island Museum and Klein Constantia. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, stop by Abseil Africa, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:
Highlights from your trip
Cape Point ©
Must see
Cape Point
4.6
Platteklip Gorge ©
Hiking Trail
Platteklip Gorge
4.8

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