31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Johannesburg
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Hazyview
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 30​min
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Johannesburg

4
days
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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Sandton and see Montecasino, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gandhi Square, get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, and try to win big at Gold Reef City.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In November, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Hazyview.

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Montecasino
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
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Apartheid Museum

3
days
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park. Spend the 19th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: stroll through Elephant Whispers.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

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Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris

5
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hippo Jessica, and stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit vacation site

You can drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kruger National Park.

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Parks Wildlife Outdoors

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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre ©
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

5
days
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napi Wilderness Trail, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park travel itinerary planner

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 3 hours. November in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 30th (Thu), you'll travel to Oudtshoorn.

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Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

2
days
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.
On the 1st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn route site

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Kruger National Park to Oudtshoorn in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, Oudtshoorn is a bit cooler than Kruger National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
days
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.
Visiting Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden will get you outdoors. Step out of Plettenberg Bay with an excursion to Otter Trail in Tsitsikamma National Park--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, view the masterpieces at Porcupine Ceramics, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip maker website

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

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Knysna Elephant Park, Otter Trail
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

2
days
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Grotto Beach and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary app

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

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Shark Diving, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Shark Diving
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

6
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Cape of Good Hope and Abseil Africa. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, stroll through Platteklip Gorge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach.

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You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Parks Outdoors Nature

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Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach

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