58 days in South Africa Itinerary

58 days in South Africa Itinerary

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58 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  15​h
1
Cape Town
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
4
Ladysmith
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Durban
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Hazyview
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
8
Kruger National Park
— 8 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Johannesburg
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Istanbul

11
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach and Camp's Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope.

Discover how to plan a Cape Town trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Istanbul, Turkey to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in June; daily highs in Cape Town reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jun 24 — Jul 5:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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.
Relax by the water at Brenton on Sea and Plettenberg Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), Knysna (Buffalo Bay, The Waterfront Knysna Quays, & more) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree & Otter Trail). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay route planning tool .

Getting from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in July, Plettenberg Bay is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, The Dolphin Trail
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 11:
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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.
Take a break from Oudtshoorn with a short trip to Wilderness Beach in Wilderness, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Outeniqua Pass.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip tool .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Oudtshoorn, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ladysmith.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wilderness Beach, Outeniqua Pass
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
nights
Ladysmith

Ladysmith ©
Ladysmith is a town in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Get out of town with these interesting Ladysmith side-trips: Fugitive's Drift (in Rorke's Drift) and Spioenkop Nature Reserve (in Winterton). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nambiti Game Reservve, take in the history at Spion Kop Battlefield, and pause for some photo ops at Elandslaagte Battlefield Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ladysmith trip itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Oudtshoorn to Ladysmith with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Ladysmith

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spioenkop Nature Reserve, Fugitive's Drift
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:
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Fugitive's Drift ©
Fugitive's Drift
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve ©
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve
Spion Kop Battlefield ©
Spion Kop Battlefield

7
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.
Relax by the water at Umhlanga Main Beach and Sodwana Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Thompson's Bay Beach (in Ballito), Flag Animal Farm (in Salt Rock) and African Bird of Prey Sanctuary (in Pietermaritzburg). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at uShaka Marine World, admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Mile.

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

Drive from Ladysmith to Durban in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Durban are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, Thompson's Bay Beach, Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam, Barn Swallow
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 25:
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve ©
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Nelspruit (Kruger National Park, Sudwala Dinosaur Park, & more). Spend the 28th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: stroll through Elephant Whispers.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hazyview day trip app .

Getting from Durban to Hazyview by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Durban in July, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Hazyview. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Nelspruit
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Big Boabab in Gravelotte, about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris. There's much more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, meet the residents at Hippo Jessica, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Hazyview to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Big Boabab
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©

8
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.
Step out of Kruger National Park to go to Phalaborwa and see Amarula Lapa, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. Spend the 5th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve and hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park online road trip planner .

Drive from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Amarula Lapa
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 12:
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

7
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.
Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Constitution Hill and Mandela House. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Montecasino (in Sandton) and Union Buildings (in Pretoria). Spend the 15th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, make a trip to Vilakazi Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Cradle of Humankind.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sandton, The Cradle of Humankind, Union Buildings
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 19:
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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