31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
St Lucia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Nottingham Road
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
3
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Graaff-Reinet
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Heritage Tours & Safaris. Step out of the city life by going to iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Saint Lucia Estuary. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Canerat Crafts.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia itinerary builder.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to St Lucia is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nottingham Road.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park

4
nights
Nottingham Road

Nottingham Road ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sani Pass and The Wine Cellar. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Piggly Wiggly and Chocolate Heaven. Venture out of the city with trips to St Luke's Anglican Church (in Howick), Pucketty Farm (in Underberg) and The Himeville Museum (in Himeville). And it doesn't end there: stop by Monsoon Moon, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maloti Drakensberg Park, take in the exciting artwork at Zulu Lulu Art House, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Karkloof Farmer's Market.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nottingham Road trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from St Lucia to Nottingham Road in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nottingham Road

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Howick, Sani Pass, The Himeville Museum, Pucketty Farm, The Wine Cellar
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Sani Pass ©
Sani Pass
Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park
The Himeville Museum ©
The Himeville Museum

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.
Visiting Boulders Beach and Robben Island will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and South African Jewish Museum. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see The Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape of Good Hope, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, look for gifts at Cape Diamonds, and learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nottingham Road to Cape Town. 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 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visit Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach for some beach relaxation. Head to Hemingways of Hermanus and Funky Vibesfor plenty of shopping. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Cape Agulhas (Cape Agulhas Lighthouse & Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa). There's still lots to do: stop by Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at LEMBU gallery, and learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus sightseeing planner.

Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Agulhas
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, stop by Platform 62, and then explore the galleries of Hicks Art Galllery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then browse for treasures at Newly Defined & African Pickers, then view the masterpieces at Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, and finally explore the galleries of Magpie Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Swellendam travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Swellendam takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Barrydale, Newly Defined & African Pickers, Hick's Art Gallery, Platform 62
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Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

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.
Get outdoors at Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Calitzdorp (Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café, Boplaas, & more), Janine Iron and Washing Museum (in Hartenbos) and Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex (in Mossel Bay). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Mossel Bay, Meiringspoort
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Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place ©
Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines

3
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley of Desolation and Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk. First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre and The Owl House will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Graaff-Reinet with an excursion to Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre in Nieu-Bethesda--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Reinet House, pause for some serene contemplation at ANGLICAN ST JAMES CHURCH, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Graaff-Reinet in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

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.
Get in touch with nature at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Sanctuary and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Metelerkamps, Brenton on Sea, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip builder.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

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