25 days in South Africa Itinerary

25 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa visit planner

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Durban
— 2 nights
Fly to Port Elizabeth, Bus to Tsitsikamma National Park
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Fly
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hazyview
— 3 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
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Durban

— 2 nights

Surf City

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.
On the 6th (Sun), stop by Awesome Africa, then view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Durban trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Durban is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Durban due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, Durban is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 2 nights
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 8th (Tue), get outside with Face Adrenalin, then kick your exploration up a notch at Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, then snap pictures at Storms River bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree. On your second day here, take in the views from Suspension Bridge and then find your balance on the water with Untouched Adventures.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Tsitsikamma National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in December, things will get little chillier in Tsitsikamma National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Knysna

— 2 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
On the 10th (Thu), get some thrills on the water with Knysna RIB Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, stroll through Birds of Eden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary.

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Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn vacation maker website.

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Cape Town

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

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Fly from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Kruger National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 21st (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at AM Spa Kruger, stroll through Idube Game Reserve, and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park route planning app.

You can fly from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Hazyview

— 3 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Private Kruger Safaris and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Elephant Whispers, take a pleasant ride with Horse Whispers, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hazyview itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Johannesburg

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History and then test your problem-solving skills at HintHunt.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg online trip maker.

You can fly from Hazyview to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.