43 days in South Africa Itinerary

43 days in South Africa Itinerary

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43 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Toronto
ferry + Fly:  23​h
1
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Durban
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Hazyview
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
8
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
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, trek along Platteklip Gorge, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Toronto in November, things will get much hotter in Cape Town: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 6:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

4
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and The Fishing Cat (in Kleinmond). The adventure continues: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hermanus vacation planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Fishing Cat, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Shark Diving, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), Knysna Heads (in Knysna) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail, Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hermanus in December, plan for little chillier days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, then relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
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.
Step out of Durban with an excursion to Thompson's Bay Beach in Ballito--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a splash at uShaka Marine World, look for gifts at Springbuck Art & Jewellers, kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Durban tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Durban takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Oudtshoorn in December, with highs in Durban at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Thompson's Bay Beach, Umhlanga Main Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

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.
Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Nelspruit (Kruger National Park, Sudwala Caves, & more), Panorama Route (in Graskop) and Shautany Chocolatiers (in White River). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, meet the residents at Elephant Sanctuary, and contemplate the long history of Shangana Cultural Village.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hazyview trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Durban to Hazyview takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Durban in December, with highs in Hazyview at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Shautany Chocolatiers, Panorama Route
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

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.
Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 2 hours. December in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica

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.
On the 29th (Fri), hike the day away at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Johannesburg on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Montecasino (in Sandton) and Voortrekker Monument (in Pretoria). Spend the 8th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and enjoy breathtaking views from Carlton Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Montecasino, Voortrekker Monument
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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