32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kampala
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
3
Hazyview
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
5
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Kampala

9
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Bring the kids along to Cape of Good Hope and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, stroll through Llandudno Beach, kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner

Kampala, Uganda to Cape Town is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Kampala to Cape Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kampala in November since evenings lows in Cape Town dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
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 Knysna Elephant Park. Step out of Plettenberg Bay with an excursion to Storms River Suspension Bridge in Tsitsikamma National Park--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Margaret's Viewpoint.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay road trip planner

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

4
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Elephant Whispers and Elephant Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 15th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hazyview sightseeing planning tool

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Hazyview by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Hippo Jessica. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris. There's much more to do: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, meet the residents at Kinyonga Reptile Center, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit sightseeing planner

Traveling by car from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica
Kinyonga Reptile Center ©
Kinyonga Reptile Center

6
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Idube Game Reserve and Olifants Wilderness Trail. On the 21st (Thu), hike the day away at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napi Wilderness Trail, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park tour itinerary tool

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Lonely Bull Trail ©
Lonely Bull Trail

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.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Montecasino in Sandton, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gandhi Square, hunt for treasures at The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg tour itinerary planner

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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