45 days in South Africa Itinerary

45 days in South Africa Itinerary

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45 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Knysna
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Port Elizabeth
— 6 nights
4
Durban
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
5
St Lucia
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Nelspruit
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
8
Hermanus
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  25​h
End: Vancouver

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Platteklip Gorge and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, stroll through Signal Hill, and explore and take pictures at Chapman's Peak Drive.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town day trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Cape Town, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in January: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

6
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.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Plettenberg Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Radical Raptors and Buffalo Bay. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Wilderness (Wilderness Beach & Wilderness National Park), Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brenton on Sea.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip maker .

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Knysna, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

6
nights
Port Elizabeth

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Step out of the city life by going to Paradise Beach and Safaris. You'll get in some beach time at King's Beach and Sardinia Bay Beach. Explore Port Elizabeth's surroundings by going to Daniell Cheetah Project (in Kirkwood), Seal Point (in Saint Francis Bay) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). Spend the 30th (Thu) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, view the masterpieces at Ron Belling Art Gallery, admire all the interesting features of Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, and take in the views from Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge).

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth route builder site .

You can drive from Knysna to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sundays River Valley, Paradise Beach, Seal Point, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 3:
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Safaris
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Golden Mile and Thompson's Bay Beach. Visiting Zipline and Umhlanga Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Umkomaas). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, explore and take pictures at Moses Mabhida Stadium, get your game on at Epic Karting Galleria, and take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Durban trip planning website .

You can fly from Port Elizabeth to Durban in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Port Elizabeth in February, with highs in Durban at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Thompson's Bay Beach, Umhlanga Main Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Umhlanga Beach, Nelson Mandela Capture Site
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Saint Lucia Estuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Heritage Tours & Safaris and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St Lucia: Emdoneni Cheetah project (in Hluhluwe Game Reserve) and Ilala Weavers (in Hluhluwe). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at St Lucia Beach.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our St Lucia day trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Durban to St Lucia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Heritage Tours & Safaris, Ilala Weavers, Scuba & Snorkeling, Emdoneni Cheetah project
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre and Elephant Whispers. Visiting Safaris and Sudwala Caves will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Lone Creek Falls (in Sabie), Napi Wilderness Trail (in Kruger National Park) and Rottcher Wineries (in White River). Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Nelspruit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Elephant Whispers, Lone Creek Falls, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre, Rottcher Wineries
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Kruger National Park (Nkumbe View Site, Masorini Archaeological Site, & more), Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Wonder View (in Graskop). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, stroll through Idube Game Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip maker site .

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. Traveling from Nelspruit in February, plan for much colder nights in Hoedspruit, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Three Roundavels, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Wonder View
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 23:
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4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
We've included these beaches for you: Voelklip Beach and Kwaaiwater. Step out of the city life by going to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to De Hoop Nature Reserve (in Bredasdorp), Drostdy Museum (in Swellendam) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach and get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hoedspruit to Hermanus in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. February in Hermanus sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

De Hoop Nature Reserve, Drostdy Museum, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Stony Point Penguin Colony, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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