60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Johannesburg
— 11 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
Durban
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
Plettenberg Bay
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Robertson
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Town
— 12 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Zurich

10
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp), Pretoria (Sammy Marks House, Union Buildings, & more) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Spend the 20th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, identify plant and animal life at The Cradle of Humankind, contemplate the long history of South Western Townships, and ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in June, things will get a bit cooler in Johannesburg: highs are around 21°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pretoria, Greater Johannesburg, Sandton, Wild Cave Adventures, Credo Mutwa Cultural Village
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Wild Cave Adventures ©
Wild Cave Adventures
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

6
days
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: Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa), Kruger National Park (Thornybush Game Reserve, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, & more) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in June; daily highs in Hoedspruit reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa, Idube Game Reserve
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Safaris

5
days
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 out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Hazyview (Shangana Cultural Village, Elephant Whispers, & more). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers, and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Nelspruit trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hazyview, Shautany Chocolatiers
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Shangana Cultural Village ©
Shangana Cultural Village
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

7
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Umhlanga Main Beach and Thompson's Bay Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Nottingham Road (Chocolate Heaven & Monsoon Moon), Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick) and Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam (in Tongaat). There's much more to do: cool off at uShaka Marine World, get in on the family fun at Big Rush Urban Adrenaline, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Greater St Lucia Wetland Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Durban vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nelspruit to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nelspruit in July since evenings lows in Durban dip to 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, Nottingham Road, Thompson's Bay Beach, Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Thompson's Bay Beach ©
Thompson's Bay Beach
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

7
days
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.
Visit Brenton on Sea and Plettenberg Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Buffalo Bay, & more) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Storms River Suspension Bridge, Otter Trail, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Birds of Eden, surround yourself with nature on Knysna Elephant Park, and browse the fresh offerings at Harkerville Saturday Village Market.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip builder.

Getting from Durban to Plettenberg Bay by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Plettenberg Bay is slightly colder than Durban - with highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

5
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like De Krans Wines and Boplaas. Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and Outeniqua Farmers' Market (in George). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at The Cango Caves, get your game on at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, cruise along Swartberg Pass, and relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Robertson.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Outeniqua Pass, Outeniqua Farmers' Market, Wilderness Beach
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The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines

3
days
Robertson

Robertson ©
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Get a sense of the local culture at Marbrin Olive Growers and Esona Boutique Wine. Explore Robertson's surroundings by going to Swellendam (Drostdy Museum & Bee Things). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Springfield Estate Winery, identify plant and animal life at Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary, and experience rural life at Farmer Redbeard.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Robertson travel planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Robertson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Robertson sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Swellendam, Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary, Farmer Redbeard
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Springfield Estate Winery ©
Springfield Estate Winery

13
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Robben Island and District Six Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Boulders Beach and Camp's Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Franschhoek (Lynx Wines, Stony Brook Vineyards, & more). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Robertson to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive, Lynx Wines
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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