27 days in South Africa Itinerary

27 days in South Africa Itinerary

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27 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 3 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
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Pretoria (Union Buildings & National Library of South Africa). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, head outdoors with Greenstone Mall, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, and stop by Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip maker website .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In January, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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.
Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 27th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time 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 out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). There's still lots to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kinyonga Reptile Center.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit online travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
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Safaris
Spas

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nelspruit (Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Lowveld National Botanical Garden, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview visit app .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hazyview by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in February, you will find days in Hazyview are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, visit Abseil Africa, and take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hazyview to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. February in Cape Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 13:
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park) and Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, and trek along Otter Trail.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, Storms River bridge
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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