31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
train:  45​min
1
Pretoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Clarens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cathkin Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Durban
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Port St Johns
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Grahamstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Jeffreys Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
10
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
11
George
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
12
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
14
Tankwa Karoo National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pretoria: Mandela House (in Soweto), Adventures with Elephants (in Bela Bela) and Johannesburg (Constitution Hill, Apartheid Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Montecasino, see the interesting displays at Kruger House Museum, steep yourself in history at Union Buildings, and get lost in a book at National Library of South Africa.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pretoria day trip planner .

Johannesburg to Pretoria is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for slightly colder days in Pretoria, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Clarens.

Things to do in Pretoria

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Johannesburg, Montecasino, Adventures with Elephants
Highlights from your plan
Adventures with Elephants ©
Adventures with Elephants
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

1
night
Clarens

Clarens ©
Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): tee off at The Clarens Golf Estate, browse the exhibits of Tobias Art, and then take in the exciting artwork at Blou Donki Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Clarens sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Pretoria to Clarens in 4 hours. When traveling from Pretoria in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Clarens, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Cathkin Park.

Things to do in Clarens

Golf Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Blou Donki Art Gallery ©
Blou Donki Art Gallery
Tobias Art ©
Tobias Art

1
night
Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Dragon Rock Reptile Centre, then take in the architecture and design of Drakensberg Boys Choir School, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Drakensberg Brewery.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cathkin Park trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Clarens to Cathkin Park takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Dragon Rock Reptile Centre
Highlights from your plan
Drakensberg Boys Choir School ©
Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Dragon Rock Reptile Centre ©
Dragon Rock Reptile Centre
Drakensberg Brewery ©
Drakensberg Brewery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Epic Karting Galleria, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: laugh and play at uShaka Marine World and then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Beach.

You can plan Durban trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Cathkin Park to Durban in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Durban can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Port St Johns.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Umhlanga Beach, KartingKZN Galleria
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

1
night
Port St Johns

Port St Johns ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stroll through Silaka Nature Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dwesa Nature Reserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port St Johns using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durban to Port St Johns takes 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in November: high temperatures in Port St Johns hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Port St Johns

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Silaka Nature Reserve ©
Silaka Nature Reserve

2
nights
Grahamstown

Grahamstown ©
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. On the 24th (Sun), explore the activities along Kowie River, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Catholic Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Kariega Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Mosaic Studio.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Grahamstown online itinerary planner .

Drive from Port St Johns to Grahamstown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenton-on-Sea, Kowie River
Highlights from your plan
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
St Patrick's Catholic Church ©
St Patrick's Catholic Church

1
night
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
On the 26th (Tue), sample the tasty concoctions at Brewhaha Craft Brewery, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and then tee off at St.Francis Links.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jeffreys Bay road trip site .

You can drive from Grahamstown to Jeffreys Bay in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Jeffreys Bay are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trip

St.Francis Links
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
St.Francis Links ©
St.Francis Links
Brewhaha Craft Brewery ©
Brewhaha Craft Brewery

3
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 find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Birds of Eden (in The Crags), Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Knysna trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Jeffreys Bay to Knysna in 2.5 hours. In November in Knysna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, The Dolphin Trail, Suspension Bridge, Storms River bridge
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): do a tasting at Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, and finally take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn road trip website .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trips

De Rust, Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
nights
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
On the 2nd (Mon), stroll around Harry Giddy Park, get engrossed in the history at Janine Iron and Washing Museum, and then head outdoors with Umkhondo Big Five. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nkonzo Wildlife Research, then trek along St. Blaize Trail, and then do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mossel Bay tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to George.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, Umkhondo Big Five
Highlights from your plan
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Nkonzo Wildlife Research ©
Nkonzo Wildlife Research
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room ©

2
nights
George

Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the George online holiday maker .

You can drive from Mossel Bay to George in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. December in George sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in George

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Venture out of the city with trips to Betty's Bay (Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, Betty's Bay Main Beach, & more), Bee and Kie (in Kleinmond) and Shark Diving (in Gansbaai). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, stroll through Kwaaiwater, and enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from George to Hermanus takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Betty's Bay, Shark Diving, Bee and Kie, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Shark Diving
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path

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, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tankwa Karoo National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park
For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tankwa Karoo National Park trip site .

You can drive from Cape Town to Tankwa Karoo National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Tankwa Karoo National Park are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Similar Plans

29 days in Cape Town & Johannesburg BY A USER FROM BRAZIL January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Durban BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Durban & Howick BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Durban & Howick BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in KwaZulu-Natal BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Durban & Cape Town BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 3 days in Knysna BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Cape Town BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Jeffreys Bay BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans