34 days in South Africa Itinerary

34 days in South Africa Itinerary

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34 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Durban
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town tour itinerary builder tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cape Town. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Sandton to see Montecasino about 32 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Go Safari. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Sandton City, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in October: highs in Johannesburg hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

#Casinos, #Fun & Games, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, Mandela House
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
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Go Safari ©
Go Safari
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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.
Hoedspruit is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, outdoors, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, and stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit trip planner .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hoedspruit when traveling from Johannesburg in November, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
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Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa (about 1h 45 min away). Spend the 7th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, trek along Bushmans Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Qualito Craft Distillery
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 12:
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and browse the different shops at Ilanga Mall.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Kruger National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nelspruit, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Whispers
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

2
nights
Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 16th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Moses Mabhida Stadium, meet the residents at uShaka Marine World, and then kick back and relax at Golden Mile. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, then stroll through Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Durban online road trip planner .

Getting from Nelspruit to Durban by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Durban when traveling from Nelspruit in November, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Durban

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

2
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 18th (Sun), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. There's lots more to do: hike along Otter Trail, head outdoors with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey, stroll through Waterfall Trail, and make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tsitsikamma National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Tsitsikamma National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Durban in November, expect Tsitsikamma National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey ©
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay), The Crags (Birds of Eden, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, & more) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brenton on Sea.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Knysna trip planner.

Getting from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Knysna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

The Crags, Robberg Nature Reserve, Storms River Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge

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.
Oudtshoorn is known for nature, outdoors, parks, scenic drive, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, get your game on at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Outeniqua Pass
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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