60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
St Lucia
— 9 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
2
Oudtshoorn
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Cape Town
— 12 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Bredasdorp
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hermanus
— 7 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
7
Graskop
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Johannesburg

9
nights
St Lucia

St Lucia ©
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Crocodile Centre St Lucia. Change things up with these side-trips from St Lucia: Bohemain Beach Bumz (in Meerensee), Tunga Needlework Studio (in Hluhluwe) and Sodwana (Scuba & Snorkeling & Reef Teach). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Heritage Tours & Safaris. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, stroll through Zimanga Private Game Reserve, browse the different shops at Mtuba Mall, and pick up some local products at Zamimpilo Community Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our St Lucia travel itinerary creator.

Johannesburg to St Lucia is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in St Lucia, with lows around 30°C. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sodwana, Heritage Tours & Safaris, Zimanga Private Game Reserve, Tunga Needlework Studio, Zamimpilo Community Market
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Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris

8
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.
Get some historical perspective at Montagu Pass Old Toll House and St Judes Anglican Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Explore Oudtshoorn's surroundings by going to Wilderness (Wilderness Beach & Wilderness National Park), Cape Palette Art & Picture Framing (in George) and Calitzdorp (Calitzdorp Museum & Boplaas). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort, take in the dramatic scenery at Meiringspoort Waterfall, and stroll through De Zeekoe Farm.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

Getting from St Lucia to Oudtshoorn by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from St Lucia in January: high temperatures in Oudtshoorn hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

George, Mossel Bay, De Rust, Calitzdorp, Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach

11
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bollard Bay and Brenton on Sea. Kids will appreciate attractions like Noetzie and Buffalo Bay. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Cola Beach (in Sedgefield), Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna (Holy Trinity Church, Jandreart Studio, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, make a splash at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay vacation builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie Beach, Suspension Bridge
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Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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.
Attractions like Bloubergstrand Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden make great kid-friendly stops. The Franschhoek Motor Museum and District Six Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek) and Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon (in Langebaan). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and explore and take pictures at Robben Island.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cape Town tour planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Chapman's Peak Drive, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 10:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

5
nights
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Museum-lovers will appreciate Drostdy Museum and Shipwreck Museum. Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Kunstehuijs Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bredasdorp: Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in Cape Agulhas) and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (in Montagu). And it doesn't end there: hike along De Hoop Nature Reserve, contemplate the long history of Kassiesbaai, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Tradouwspass, and explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bredasdorp trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cape Town to Bredasdorp by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas, Swellendam, The Tradouwspass, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

7
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Domaine Des Dieux and Sumaridge Wine Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Beach and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai), Kleinmond Beach (in Kleinmond) and Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay). Spend the 15th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony, enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, relax in the rural setting at Klein River Cheese, and take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus tour planner.

Traveling by car from Bredasdorp to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. In February in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Stanford, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Pringle Bay Beach, Kleinmond Beach, Stony Point Penguin Colony
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 22:
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

7
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Family-friendly places like Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Safaris will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Graskop: Mary Shire Falls (in Sabie), Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview) and Kruger National Park (in Nelspruit). On the 1st (Thu), hike the day away at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Panorama Route, stroll through Wonder View, look for gifts at Delgoa Arts & Crafts, and get outside with The Big Swing.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Graskop holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Graskop takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hermanus in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Graskop, with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hoedspruit, Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, Mary Shire Falls, Elephant Whispers
Find places to stay Feb 22 — Mar 1:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

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