30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

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30 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Exeter
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  3​h
5
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Fly + train:  23​h 30​min
End: Exeter

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Market on Main and Sandton City Shopping Centre. Let the collections at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market (in Bryanston) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Pack the 5th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, Head underground at Wild Cave Adventures, hunt for treasures at Neighbourgoods Market, and see the interesting displays at Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip builder.

Exeter, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Exeter, 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 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, Wild Cave Adventures, Sterkfontein Cave
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

4
nights
Hoedspruit

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Idube Game Reserve and Thornybush Game Reserve. Attractions like Napi Wilderness Trail and Tshukudu Game Lodge make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park & Lonely Bull Trail). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit itinerary builder.

Getting from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, Hoedspruit is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Lonely Bull Trail ©
Lonely Bull Trail

3
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Off-Road & ATV Trails. For shopping fun, head to Ilanga Mall or Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Hazyview to see Elephant Whispers about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, browse the different shops at Riverside Mall, and indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit trip generator.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

White River, Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
Bring the kids along to Robberg Nature Reserve and Wilderness Beach. Get in touch with nature at Birds of Eden and Otter Trail. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Mosaic Outdoor Market (in Sedgefield), Tsitsikamma National Park (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park (in Knysna). There's more to do: indulge your taste buds at Harkerville Saturday Village Market.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Plettenberg Bay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nelspruit in September, plan for little chillier days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna, Otter Trail, Wilderness Beach
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step out of the city life by going to Grotto Beach and Klein River Farmstead. Bring the kids along to Voelklip Beach and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. When in Hermanus, make a side trip to see Stanford Hills Estate in Stanford, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Funky Vibes, hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market, and look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Hermanus sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Stanford
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Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

8
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Relax by the water at Boulders Beach and Camp's Bay Beach. Let the collections at District Six Museum and South African Jewish Museum capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, explore and take pictures at Greenmarket Square, and stop by Prins & Prins.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town custom trip planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

First South African Perfume Museum
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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