30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa holiday planner

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Fly to King Shaka International Airport, Drive to St Lucia
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly
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Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wilderness
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly

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St Lucia

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Amala Massage & Gifts, contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Zamimpilo Community Market and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read St Lucia trip maker site.

Visakhapatnam, India to St Lucia is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Visakhapatnam to St Lucia, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Hazyview

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bourkes' Luck Potholes and Safaris. Escape the urban bustle at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Lone Creek Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Hazyview: Graskop (Lisbon Falls, Graskop Gorge Lift Company, &more) and White River (Rottcher Wineries & Shautany Chocolatiers). It doesn't end there: stroll through Elephant Whispers and explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview trip tool.

Getting from St Lucia to Hazyview by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Hazyview are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and then stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit holiday builder app.

Getting from Hazyview to Hoedspruit by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Elizabeth

— 3 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shamwari Game Reserve and Kragga Kamma Game Park. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Boat Tours & Water Sports. It doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Bayworld.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Port Elizabeth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hoedspruit, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Elizabeth, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Camdeboo National Park. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Reinet House, then stroll through Valley of Desolation, and then admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Graaff-Reinet takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Plettenberg Bay

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Garden Route National Park and Elephant Sanctuary The Crags. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and Radical Raptors. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Old Gaol and Art Gallery, Featherbed Nature Reserve, &more) and Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). The adventure continues: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wilderness

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Map of Africa Viewpoint, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Wilderness fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in April since evenings lows in Wilderness dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hermanus vacation planning website.

You can drive from Wilderness to Hermanus in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Earthstompers Adventures and Helderberg Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Franschhoek Pass and Bloubergstrand Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and Franschhoek (Eikehof, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Muizenberg Beach, contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia, and explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. April in Cape Town sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.