31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  27 h
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Kruger National Park
— 5 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
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Vancouver

3
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.
Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Union Buildings in Pretoria, about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, laugh and play at Gold Reef City, and get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Johannesburg is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 10 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Johannesburg: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Union Buildings
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

5
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 7th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bushmans Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, and get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). There's still lots to do: stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kinyonga Reptile Center, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Safaris

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hazyview: Nelspruit (Kruger National Park & Sudwala Caves). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hazyview road trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hazyview can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Nelspruit
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Roger Young Gallery, then cruise along Swartberg Pass, and then Head underground at The Cango Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn holiday planner .

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 April, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Oudtshoorn. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Roger Young Gallery, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

4
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Knysna Heads & Holy Trinity Church), Tsitsikamma National Park (Storms River Suspension Bridge & Otter Trail) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay road trip website .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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