51 days in South Africa Itinerary

51 days in South Africa Itinerary

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51 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 14 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Nelspruit
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 8 nights
6
Johannesburg
— 10 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

14
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Bring the kids along to Boulders Beach and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island and Maclear's Beacon. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cape Town sightseeing website

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Cape Town is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get slightly colder in Cape Town: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 13:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kids will enjoy Shark Diving and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Franschhoek (Kim Donaldson Gallery, Grand Provence Estate, & more), Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas) and Betty's Bay (Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens & Stony Point Penguin Colony). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary planning tool

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Betty's Bay, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Shark Diving
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden. St Mark's Cathedral, George and Cape St Blaize Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex (in Mossel Bay), Knysna (Buffalo Bay, Jandreart Studio, & more) and Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, pick up some local products at Harkerville Saturday Village Market, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hermanus in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Mossel Bay, George
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sudwala Dinosaur Park and Shangana Cultural Village. Attractions like Elephant Whispers and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Hazyview (Elephant Sanctuary & Safaris) and Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate (in Dullstroom). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves and browse the different shops at Riverside Mall.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit online vacation maker

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Nelspruit in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary

8
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.
Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Kids will enjoy Safaris and Thornybush Game Reserve. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa), Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Big Boabab (in Gravelotte). On the 4th (Thu), hike the day away at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napi Wilderness Trail, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit road trip planning website

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Big Boabab, Amarula Lapa
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 7:
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

10
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.
Family-friendly places like Safaris and The Cradle of Humankind will thrill your kids. Do some cultural sightseeing at Apartheid Museum and Union Buildings. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Montecasino (in Sandton) and Pretoria (Sammy Marks House, Kruger House Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Constitution Hill, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and play a few rounds at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip itinerary website

Fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Greater Johannesburg, Sandton, Emperors Palace, Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 17:
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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