31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  32 h
1
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  32 h
End: Sacramento

3
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get in touch with nature at Klein River Cheese and Grotto Beach. Head to Hemingways of Hermanus and Funky Vibesfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Peregrine Farm Stall (in Grabouw), Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and The Fishing Cat (in Kleinmond). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach and stop by Quirk & Leopard.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hermanus day trip planning app

Sacramento, USA to Hermanus is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Sacramento to Hermanus. While traveling from Sacramento, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Hermanus, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Fishing Cat, Klein River Cheese, Peregrine Farm Stall, Shark Diving
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Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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.
Visiting Boulders Beach and Cape of Good Hope will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Clifton Beaches and Camp's Bay Beach. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Greenmarket Square, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Uwe Koetter, and take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip builder website

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and then stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, then hike along The Dolphin Trail, and then hike along Otter Trail.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip maker site

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. September in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stop by Cali Craft & Gems, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Outeniqua Farmers' Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then stroll through De Zeekoe Farm.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn visit planner

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oudtshoorn, with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Outeniqua Farmers' Market
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

4
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.
Head to Riverside Mall and Casterbridge Lifestyle Centrefor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Safaris. There's much more to do: stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, buy something for everyone on your list at Ilanga Mall, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit trip planning site

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Nelspruit takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in September, expect Nelspruit to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

White River, Safaris
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Napi Wilderness Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Kruger National Park (Safaris, Lonely Bull Trail, & more). There's more to do: browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South and take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit tour itinerary planner

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

4
nights
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.
Head to Market on Main and Market@theShedsfor some retail therapy. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Irene Village Mall (in Centurion), Hazel Food Market (in Pretoria) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Spend the 27th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Cresta Shopping Centre, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, and look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg day trip tool

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in September, Johannesburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Cresta Shopping Centre, Irene Village Mall, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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