32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa route planner

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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Bus
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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St Lucia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durban
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cathkin Park
— 1 night
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Johannesburg

— 3 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.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to 7th Heaven Scuba in Krugersdorp--about 42 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, learn insider's secrets on Time Anchor Distillery, try to win big at Montecasino, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In August in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 7 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 a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stroll through Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Hazyview.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Nelspruit (Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary & Safaris). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate the long history of Shangana Cultural Village.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hazyview journey planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Hazyview by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hazyview: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa, Qualito Craft Distillery, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, and browse the exhibits of Kingfisher Gallery.

Plan a Hoedspruit trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Kruger National Park

— 6 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 6th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, trek along Bushmans Trail, and stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park travel itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

St Lucia

— 3 nights
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
St Lucia is known for parks, wildlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around iSimangaliso Wetland Park, kick back and relax at Bhangazi Horse Safaris, contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St Lucia travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to St Lucia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Phansi Museum, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at uShaka Marine World, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Durban tour planner.

Traveling by car from St Lucia to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Durban, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cathkin Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cathkin Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and design of Drakensberg Boys Choir School and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Drakensberg Mountains.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cathkin Park road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Durban to Cathkin Park takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.