35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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35 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Hazyview
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Atlanta

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill and Mandela House. Shop till you drop at Neighbourgoods Market and Sandton City Shopping Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Ukutula Lion Park (in Brits) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Spend the 22nd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of Africa, and look for gifts at Amatuli Artefacts.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg planning website .

Atlanta, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Atlanta to Johannesburg. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Atlanta in June: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 66°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandton, Ukutula Conservation Center
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Safaris

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Bushmans Trail. Go for a jaunt from Kruger National Park to Phalaborwa to see Amarula Lapa about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

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Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in June, with highs in Kruger National Park at 73°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Amarula Lapa
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

5
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at 24 Degrees South and Kumbaya Home Decor. Spend the 5th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. When traveling from Kruger National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Hoedspruit: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers and then browse the different shops at Riverside Mall.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hazyview using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Hazyview takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Nelspruit
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Riverside Mall ©
Riverside Mall

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Dolphin Trail and Knysna Heads. When in Plettenberg Bay, make a side trip to see Jandreart Studio in Knysna, approximately 30 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll through Birds of Eden.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay journey builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hazyview to Plettenberg Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Hazyview in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To find out how to plan a trip to Oudtshoorn, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oudtshoorn when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, with lows around 44°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Shopping Wildlife
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Cali Craft & Gems ©
Cali Craft & Gems

8
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Get some historical perspective at Robben Island and Maclear's Beacon. The adventure continues: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stop by Prins & Prins, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cape Town are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Shopping
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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