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
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Langebaan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Bredasdorp
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Swellendam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Knysna
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Nottingham Road
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
St Lucia
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
10
Graskop
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Biscuit Mill and V&A Market on the Wharf. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach, steep yourself in history at Robben Island, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Langebaan.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

3
nights
Langebaan

Langebaan ©
Explore hidden gems such as West Coast National Park and Darling Sweet. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Darling Olives and The Mill Country Fair. Change things up with these side-trips from Langebaan: The Darling Wine Shop (in Darling) and Simply Bee Obsevation Centre (in Hopefield).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Langebaan holiday planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Langebaan by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Langebaan sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Langebaan

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Darling, Hopefield, West Coast National Park
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
The Mill Country Fair ©
The Mill Country Fair

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Visiting Stony Point Penguin Colony and Fernkloof Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 12th (Tue) with a shark diving experience. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Funky Vibes, kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hermanus Country Market.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip builder.

Drive from Langebaan to Hermanus in 3 hours. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving

2
nights
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through De Hoop Nature Reserve, then take an in-depth tour of Shipwreck Museum, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Caves and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bredasdorp sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Bredasdorp takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bredasdorp are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves

3
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Magpie Gallery, then browse for treasures at Newly Defined & African Pickers, then stop by Wilderbraam Berry Estate, and finally stop by Die Biltong Boetiek. On your second day here, stop by Platform 62, browse the eclectic array of goods at Montagu Village Market, browse the exhibits of Hicks Art Galllery, then explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally stop by Chocolat Etc..

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Swellendam travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Bredasdorp to Swellendam by car takes about an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Montagu, Platform 62, Magpie Gallery, Newly Defined & African Pickers
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Newly Defined & African Pickers ©
Newly Defined & African Pickers
Wilderbraam Berry Estate ©
Wilderbraam Berry Estate
Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery

2
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.
Do your shopping at Peter Bayly Wines and Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café. Escape the urban bustle at Swartberg Pass and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, stop by Cali Craft & Gems, and Head underground at The Cango Caves.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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Peter Bayly Wines ©
Peter Bayly Wines
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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.
Visiting Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nottingham Road.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

2
nights
Nottingham Road

Nottingham Road ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Monsoon Moon, stop by Chocolate Heaven, look for gifts at spiral Blue, view the masterpieces at Zulu Lulu Art House, then look for gifts at Piggly Wiggly, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Karkloof Farmer's Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nottingham Road trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Knysna to Nottingham Road with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nottingham Road

Shopping Nightlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Karkloof Farmer's Market, The Wine Cellar, Zulu Lulu Art House, Swissland Cheese
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The Wine Cellar ©
The Wine Cellar
Piggly Wiggly Country Village ©
Piggly Wiggly Country Village
Swissland Cheese ©
Swissland Cheese

3
nights
St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia itinerary planner.

Drive from Nottingham Road to St Lucia in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Graskop.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park

2
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
On the 28th (Thu), cruise along Panorama Route. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Graskop custom trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from St Lucia to Graskop in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Kruger National Park, Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes

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