37 days in South Africa Itinerary

37 days in South Africa Itinerary

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37 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Durban
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
2
St Lucia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Hermanus
— 8 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

5
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Andrew Early Design Studio and Makiwa Gallery. Do your shopping at Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Ballito Lifestyle Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Umkomaas) and The Puzzle Place (in Botha's Hill). Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, and browse the different shops at La Lucia Mall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Durban day trip tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Durban is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect Durban to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, La Lucia Mall, The Puzzle Place, Scuba & Snorkeling, Ballito Lifestyle Centre
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

3
nights
St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Shop till you drop at Zamimpilo Community Market and Mtuba Mall. Get outdoors at Safaris and Saint Lucia Estuary. The adventure continues: stroll through Heritage Tours & Safaris and look for gifts at Canerat Crafts.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St Lucia trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Durban to St Lucia by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mtuba Mall, Heritage Tours & Safaris, Zamimpilo Community Market
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Canerat Crafts ©
Canerat Crafts

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Whispers and Joubert en Seuns Padstal. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Lone Creek Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Wonder View (in Graskop), Mary Shire Falls (in Sabie) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Nelspruit in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sabie, Kruger National Park, Wonder View, Elephant Whispers
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kingfisher Gallery or iNyoka Art Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela), Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park) and Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery). There's more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit tour planning tool .

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:
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4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garden Route National Park and Brenton on Sea. Step out of the city life by going to Knysna Lagoon and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge, indulge your taste buds at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Knysna trip planning tool .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Knysna in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Hoedspruit, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Knysna, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Storms River Suspension Bridge, Wilderness Beach
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Franschhoek Motor Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein), Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass & First South African Perfume Museum) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Cape Town sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Franschhoek, !Khwa ttu, Chapman's Peak Drive, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 17:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

8
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll get in some beach time at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Appreciate the collections at Drostdy Museum and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas), De Hoop Nature Reserve (in Bredasdorp) and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in L'Agulhas). The adventure continues: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, and browse the exhibits of Lembu Gallery & Studio.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. October in Hermanus sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Swellendam, Cape Agulhas, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Marbrin Olive Growers
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 25:
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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