31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 1 night
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
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Stellenbosch
— 1 night
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Hermanus
— 1 night
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Knysna
— 4 nights
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Mthatha
— 7 nights
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Johannesburg
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Johannesburg

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then try your luck at Emperors Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg travel route planning site.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Masorini Archaeological Site and Amarula Lapa. Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and hike along Nyalaland Wilderness Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Cape Town

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will enjoy Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Relax by the water at Clifton Beaches and Camp's Bay Beach. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at Abseil Africa, hike along Platteklip Gorge, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cape Town day trip site.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kruger National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Cape Town, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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Stellenbosch

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 4th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch travel planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus online trip builder.

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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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've now added Plettenberg Beach to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Birds of Eden and Knysna Elephant Park. Visit Wilderness Beach and Bollard Bay for some beach relaxation. When in Knysna, make a side trip to see Robberg Nature Reserve in Plettenberg Bay, approximately Plettenberg Bay away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and stroll through Cola Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Hermanus to Knysna by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Hermanus in January, you will find days in Knysna are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mthatha.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Mthatha

Kids will enjoy Lubanzi Beach and Mdumbi Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Double Mouth Nature Reserve and Naude's Nek Pass (R396). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mthatha: Coffee Bay (Coffee Bay Beach & Hole in the Wall), Port St Johns (Dwesa Nature Reserve & Silaka Nature Reserve) and Tsitsa Falls (in Maclear).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mthatha road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Mthatha takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Knysna in January, you will find days in Mthatha are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Mthatha

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Johannesburg

City of Light

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Johannesburg travel website.

Explore your travel options from Mthatha to Johannesburg with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

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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.