31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Cape Town
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Mthatha
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Buenos Aires

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then try to win big at Emperors Palace.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip builder .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Emperors Palace
Highlights from your plan
Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Masorini Archaeological Site and Amarula Lapa. Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Safaris. When in Kruger National Park, make a side trip to see Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, and trek along Nyalaland Wilderness Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris

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.
Kids will enjoy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Relax by the water at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Camp's Bay Beach. The adventure continues: get great views at Cape Point, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Cape Town day trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. 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

Side Trip

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

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Franschhoek Pass.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Stellenbosch road trip planning tool .

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

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Franschhoek Pass
Highlights from your plan
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus vacation maker site .

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

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

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.
Attractions like Robberg Nature Reserve and Wilderness Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Relax by the water at Cola Beach and Buffalo Bay. Step out of Knysna to go to The Crags and see Birds of Eden, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bollard Bay.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Knysna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Hermanus in January, expect nights in Knysna to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Mthatha.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
Highlights from your plan
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

7
nights
Mthatha

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

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mthatha trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Knysna to Mthatha in 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 your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Mthatha

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port St Johns, Coffee Bay, Maclear, Mdumbi Beach, Double Mouth Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Silaka Nature Reserve ©
Silaka Nature Reserve
Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach
Naude's Nek Pass (R396) ©
Naude's Nek Pass (R396)

1
night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
To find reviews and tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mthatha to Johannesburg. 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

Side Trip

Jack Friedman Eastgate
Highlights from your plan
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House
Jack Friedman Eastgate ©
Jack Friedman Eastgate

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