32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  22 h
1
Durban
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
2
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Graskop
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h 45 min
6
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Diving and Umhlanga Main Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Umkomaas). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Golden Mile, stop by Joe's Corner Shop, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Durban online trip itinerary maker .

Brisbane, Australia to Durban is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Durban, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Durban sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium

2
nights
St Lucia

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Crocodile Centre St Lucia, contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emdoneni Cheetah project, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our St Lucia trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Durban to St Lucia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Emdoneni Cheetah project
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Crocodile Centre St Lucia ©
Crocodile Centre St Lucia

3
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Step out of Hoedspruit with an excursion to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park in Kruger National Park--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hippo Jessica, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Hoedspruit in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

2
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels, take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, then stroll through Wonder View, then cruise along Panorama Route, and finally don't miss a visit to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Graskop Gorge Lift Company, admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lisbon Falls.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Graskop trip planner.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Graskop by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Graskop are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Three Roundavels, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Lone Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls

3
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Whispers and Sudwala Dinosaur Park. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit online trip planner .

Getting from Graskop to Nelspruit by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Whispers
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

1
day
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 29th (Sun), indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, stroll through Valley of Desolation, and then examine the collection at The Reinet House.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nelspruit to Graaff-Reinet in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

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 discover tucked-away gems like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Knysna Lagoon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park), Wilderness (Parasailing & Paragliding & Wilderness Beach) and The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Birds of Eden). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Buffalo Bay.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Knysna itinerary planner.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Suspension Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Blaize Trail and Outeniqua Transport Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: De Rust (Meiringspoort & Meiringspoort Waterfall), Redberry Farm (in George) and Mossel Bay (Shark Diving & Horseback Riding Tours). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum, and explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn attractions planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, George, De Rust
Highlights from your plan
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and Grotto Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in L'Agulhas), Betty's Bay (Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens & Stony Point Penguin Colony) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass & Dieu Donne Vineyards & Views). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, stroll through Voelklip Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Hermanus sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Betty's Bay, Cape Agulhas, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Chapman's Peak Drive. Venture out of the city with trips to West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park), Stellenbosch (Delaire Graff Estate & Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles, and stroll through Boulders Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary builder site .

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. In January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, West Coast National Park, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Wine Tours & Tastings

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