35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

7
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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get in touch with nature at Table Mountain National Park and Robben Island. There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, stroll through Clifton Beaches, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town holiday planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Cape Town. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

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Parks Nature Beaches
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach

4
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Otter Trail and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park & Knysna Heads) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Tsitsikamma National Park). The adventure continues: stroll through Birds of Eden.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay vacation builder.

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Otter Trail
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

2
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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 27th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch and then take in the awesome beauty at Outeniqua Pass.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Outeniqua Pass
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The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

7
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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. Step out of Kruger National Park to go to Phalaborwa and see Amarula Lapa, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. It doesn't end there: stroll through Lonely Bull Trail and trek along Mphongolo Backpacking Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park custom trip planner.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Kruger National Park by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Amarula Lapa
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Amarula Lapa ©
Amarula Lapa

5
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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 African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and meet the residents at Kinyonga Reptile Center.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kruger National Park in July, expect nights in Hoedspruit to be slightly colder, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Off-Road & ATV Trails. When in Hazyview, make a side trip to see Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary in Nelspruit, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: stroll through Elephant Whispers and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hazyview trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Hazyview takes 2 hours. July in Hazyview sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Nelspruit
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©

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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.
Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Montecasino in Sandton, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, and find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hazyview to Johannesburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Hazyview in July, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, Mandela House, Smallville Comics
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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