31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Gansbaai
— 1 night
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Durban
— 2 nights
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg
— 6 nights
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Cape Town

— 6 nights

Mother City

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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take a stroll through Bo-kaap.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in Cape Town hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Gansbaai

— 1 night
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gansbaai, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cape Town to Gansbaai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Gansbaai can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Oudtshoorn

— 2 nights

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 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then Head underground at Cango Caves, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and finally take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Montagu Pass Old Toll House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gansbaai to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Durban.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): cool off at uShaka Marine World and then look for gifts at Joe's Corner Shop. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at Phansi Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, and finally browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durban online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Durban by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Durban is a bit warmer than Oudtshoorn - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton), Wonder View (in Graskop) and Nelspruit (Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Lowveld National Botanical Garden, &more). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, sample the fine beverages at Rottcher Wineries, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Durban to Hazyview in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hazyview, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Phalaborwa to see Qualito Craft Distillery about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

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Drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kruger National Park

— 5 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 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 21st (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: get great views at Nkumbe View Site, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve.

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You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. July in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Johannesburg

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). Spend the 30th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, try your luck at Montecasino, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg day trip planning site.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Johannesburg: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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.