30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

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30 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  25​h
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hazyview
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, laugh and play at Gold Reef City, try your luck at Montecasino, and stop by James Findlay - Collectable Books & Maps.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg day trip planner .

Kansas City, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from Kansas City in November, plan for warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Montecasino
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
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.
Spend the 26th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, trek along Lonely Bull Trail, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park vacation app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery, Amarula Lapa, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hoedspruit trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

3
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 Hazyview's surroundings by going to Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, have fun at JWM Shooting Range, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hazyview itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Hazyview sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, JWM Shooting Range
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Safaris

2
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.
Explore Oudtshoorn's surroundings by going to Meiringspoort (in De Rust), Wilderness (Tiny Shop & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and George (St Mark's Cathedral & Cape Palette Art Gallery). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Cango Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, and take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

Plan a Oudtshoorn trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hazyview to Oudtshoorn in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hazyview in December, things will get slightly colder in Oudtshoorn: highs are around 75°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilderness, De Rust, George
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
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 Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and snap pictures at Suspension Bridge.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay journey builder .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, The Dolphin Trail, Suspension Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planning site .

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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