30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

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30 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
1
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
2
Durban
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
6
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Heritage Tours & Safaris and Saint Lucia Estuary. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and kick back and relax at St Lucia Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the St Lucia holiday planner .

Johannesburg to St Lucia is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

4
nights
Durban

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Shark Diving. Visit Umhlanga Main Beach and Golden Mile for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick) and Zipline (in Port Shepstone). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, have some family-friendly fun at Epic Karting Galleria, and take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Durban tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from St Lucia to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Durban are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Scuba & Snorkeling, KartingKZN Galleria, Nelson Mandela Capture Site
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

4
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wilderness Beach and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Outeniqua Transport Museum and Jandreart Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags), Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and St Peters Anglican Church (in Plettenberg Bay). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, and stroll through Buffalo Bay.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Knysna trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Durban to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Durban in September; daily highs in Knysna reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach, Outeniqua Transport Museum, Suspension Bridge
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at !Khwa ttu and Franschhoek Motor Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park), West Coast Fossil Park (in Vredenburg) and Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden & Dorp Street). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Cape of Good Hope, examine the collection at District Six Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cape Town are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, West Coast Fossil Park, Franschhoek Motor Museum, !Khwa ttu, West Coast National Park
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Drostdy Museum and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Relax by the water at Voelklip Beach and Grotto Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in L'Agulhas) and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas). Next up on the itinerary: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, brush up on your military savvy at Soldiers Memorial Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. September in Hermanus sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Swellendam, Cape Agulhas, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Shark Diving

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Whispers and Lone Creek Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Krugerhof Museum (in Waterval Boven), Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre (in Dullstroom) and Safaris (in Kruger National Park). Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: Head underground at Sudwala Caves and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nelspruit trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Nelspruit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hermanus in September: high temperatures in Nelspruit hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Krugerhof Museum, Safaris, Elephant Whispers, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre, Lone Creek Falls
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Amarula Lapa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Masorini Archaeological Site and Ukuthula Designs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve), Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park & Olifants Wilderness Trail). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In September in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Amarula Lapa
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