46 days in South Africa Itinerary

46 days in South Africa Itinerary

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46 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Hazyview
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Durban
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Port Elizabeth

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Elizabeth side-trips: Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown), Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, view the masterpieces at Ron Belling Art Gallery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dockside Brewery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marks Congregational Church.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth tour itinerary planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Port Elizabeth. In September, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wild Dreams Africa, Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Baviaans Camino
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Garden Route National Park (in Knysna) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's lots more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, take in the views from Suspension Bridge, trek along Waterfall Trail, and make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Calitzdorp (Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm & Roger Young Gallery), Meiringspoort (in De Rust) and Geelkrans Nature Reserve (in Stilbaai). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cango Caves, do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

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Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Oudtshoorn, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

De Rust, Calitzdorp, Dutch Reformed Mother Church, Geelkrans Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, look for all kinds of wild species at Platteklip Gorge, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip tool .

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 September, daytime highs in Cape Town are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

5
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Pretoria to see Union Buildings about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, try your luck at Montecasino, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, you will find days in Johannesburg are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Montecasino
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

6
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.
Spend the 30th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, stroll through Lonely Bull Trail, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park holiday app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 4:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery, Safaris, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit online day trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Lowveld National Botanical Garden, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Elephant Whispers, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hazyview driving holiday app .

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in October, you will find days in Hazyview are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

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.
Explore Durban's surroundings by going to Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo) and Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane). And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, stop by Awesome Africa, stroll through Umhlanga Beach, and tee off at Zimbali Golf Course.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Durban tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hazyview in October: high temperatures in Durban hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass, Umhlanga Beach
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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