29 days in South Africa Itinerary

29 days in South Africa Itinerary

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29 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hazyview
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Durban
— 2 nights
6
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
7
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
9
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Cape Town
— 5 nights
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Johannesburg

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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Ukutula Conservation Center. Head to 24 Boxes and Woodlands Boulevardfor some retail therapy. Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Pretoria Farmers Market in Pretoria--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, view the masterpieces at Kim Sacks Gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at Walter Sisulu Square, and look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Johannesburg. In July, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pretoria, 24 Boxes, Ukutula Conservation Center
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Safaris
24 Boxes ©
24 Boxes

5
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 much more to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, Kruger National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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 Safaris and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Head to Kingfisher Gallery and Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shopfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, and stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Safaris
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

2
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.
On the 13th (Tue), stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, then pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market, and then browse for treasures at Antiques & Artifacts.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hazyview travel route planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hazyview by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

White River
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary

2
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.
On the 15th (Thu), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, look for gifts at The Puzzle Place, then view the masterpieces at Andrew Early Design Studio, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Watercrest Mall, buy something for everyone on your list at La Lucia Mall, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Durban online vacation builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hazyview in August since evenings lows in Durban dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Shopping Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, The Puzzle Place, La Lucia Mall, Watercrest Mall
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Shark Diving
The Puzzle Place ©
The Puzzle Place
La Lucia Mall ©
La Lucia Mall

1
night
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, view the masterpieces at Ron Belling Art Gallery, then stroll through King's Beach, and finally browse the different shops at Baywest Mall.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip planning site .

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, Port Elizabeth is a bit cooler than Durban - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Shopping Outdoors Beaches
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Ron Belling Art Gallery ©
Ron Belling Art Gallery
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists ©
Baywest Mall ©
Baywest Mall

2
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mosaic Outdoor Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, then browse the fresh offerings at Harkerville Saturday Village Market, then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

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Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Knysna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August in Knysna, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

1
night
Mossel Bay

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): trek along St. Blaize Trail, then look for gifts at La Chocolaterie Rococo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mossel Bay tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Mossel Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Shark Diving
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
La Chocolaterie Rococo ©
La Chocolaterie Rococo

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Head to Overberg Honey Company and Lembu Gallery & Studiofor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Shark Diving (in Gansbaai), The Kapula Gallery (in Bredasdorp) and Franschhoek (Masquerade Antiques And Things & African Hands Art Gallery). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Village Square, do a tasting at Bemind Wines, take in the exciting artwork at Edna Fourie Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Originals Gallery.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mossel Bay to Hermanus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

McGregor, Franschhoek, Overberg Honey Company, Shark Diving, The Kapula Gallery
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African Hands Art Gallery ©
African Hands Art Gallery
Shark Diving
Village Square ©
Village Square

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do your shopping at Greenmarket Square and Eyewitness - A Private Collection. Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Robben Island Museum. There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape Point, browse the different shops at Cape Quarter Mall, hike along Platteklip Gorge, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cape Town day trip tool .

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks 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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