30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

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30 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Knysna
— 4 nights
bus:  30​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Saint Francis Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Johannesburg

7
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, sightseeing, beaches, parks, and wildlife areas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, and head off the coast to Robben Island.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town sightseeing planner.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 24:
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
nights
Mossel Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then hike along St. Blaize Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay trip planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Mossel Bay by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Trails
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St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Shark Diving

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: De Rust (Meiringspoort Waterfall & Meiringspoort) and Calitzdorp (Boplaas & De Krans Wines). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, De Rust, La Chocolaterie Rococo
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
nights
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from Map of Africa Viewpoint, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Wilderness National Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wilderness online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Wilderness can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Wilderness

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Cape Palette Art Gallery
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Cape Palette Art Gallery ©
Cape Palette Art Gallery
Map of Africa Viewpoint ©
Map of Africa Viewpoint

4
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.
Knysna is known for nature, wildlife areas, beaches, shopping, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, look for all kinds of wild species at Gerickes Point, look for gifts at The Boatshed, and kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna custom trip planner.

You can drive from Wilderness to Knysna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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.
When in Plettenberg Bay, make a side trip to see Storms River Suspension Bridge in Tsitsikamma National Park, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Robberg Nature Reserve, stroll through Plett Puzzle Park, contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder.

Plettenberg Bay is very close to Knysna. April in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

3
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Tsitsikamma National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Otter Trail, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stroll through Waterfall Trail, and don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tsitsikamma National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Francis Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

2
nights
Saint Francis Bay

Saint Francis Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Seal Point and then look for all kinds of wild species at Port St Francis.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint Francis Bay online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Saint Francis Bay takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Saint Francis Bay can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Saint Francis Bay

Wildlife Parks Beaches
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Port St Francis ©
Port St Francis
Seal Point ©
Seal Point

2
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Addo Elephant National Park (Addo Elephant National Park & Safaris) and Daniell Cheetah Project (in Kirkwood). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Shamwari Game Reserve and don't miss a visit to The Donkin Reserve.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth custom trip planner.

You can drive from Saint Francis Bay to Port Elizabeth in 1.5 hours. April in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Daniell Cheetah Project
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Daniell Cheetah Project ©
Daniell Cheetah Project

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