60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 12 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hoedspruit
— 7 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
8
Kruger National Park
— 8 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Johannesburg
— 10 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

12
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
For shopping fun, head to Greenmarket Square or Old Biscuit Mill. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island and District Six Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planner

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in February; daily highs in Cape Town reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Shop till you drop at Hemingways of Hermanus and Quirk & Leopard. Get in touch with nature at Grotto Beach and Klein River Cheese. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: The Fishing Cat (in Kleinmond), Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and Peregrine Farm Stall (in Grabouw). There's still lots to do: stop by Funky Vibes, learn about winemaking at Sumaridge Wine Estate, kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hermanus travel route planner

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Stanford, Peregrine Farm Stall, Shark Diving, The Fishing Cat, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

2
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Montagu Village Market, look for gifts at Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts, then get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then stop by Bee Things, and finally explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Art Gallery. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Viljoensdrift Wine Farm and then do a tasting at Marbrin Olive Growers.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Swellendam vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Swellendam takes 2 hours. In March in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Montagu, Robertson
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cali Craft & Gems and Outeniqua Farmers' Market. Get outdoors at The Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness), George (Montagu Pass Old Toll House & St Mark's Cathedral, George) and Zorgfontein Game Farm (in Great Brak River). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall, relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip builder

Drive from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

George, De Rust, Santos Beach, Wilderness Beach
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bollard Bay and Birds of Eden. Visit Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna Heads (in Knysna) and Tsitsikamma National Park (in Tsitsikamma National Park). The adventure continues: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach.

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Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Riverside Mall or Ilanga Mall. Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Elephant Whispers. Step out of Nelspruit with an excursion to Safaris in Hazyview--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, and indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit trip builder tool

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Nelspruit in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Shautany Chocolatiers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kinyonga Reptile Center, stroll through Gomo Gomo Game Lodge, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

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Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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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.
Visiting Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Napi Wilderness Trail will get you outdoors. Step out of Kruger National Park with an excursion to Amarula Lapa in Phalaborwa--about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park itinerary maker app

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Amarula Lapa
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and The Cradle of Humankind. You'll explore and learn at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Pretoria (Union Buildings, Hazel Food Market, & more), Irene Village Mall (in Centurion) and Montecasino (in Sandton). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in April, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Greater Johannesburg, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, Irene Village Mall
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

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