32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Durban
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Madrid

4
nights
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.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg travel route planner .

Madrid, Spain to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Madrid in June; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 66°F and lows reach 41°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nelson Mandela Square, Voortrekker Monument
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Graskop (Panorama Route & Wonder View), Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in June, with highs in Hoedspruit at 73°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Graskop, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

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.
Spend the 10th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, stroll through Lonely Bull Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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.
Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Zipline). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit route maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hazyview
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline

1
night
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 18th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Golden Mile, and then view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

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You can fly from Nelspruit to Durban in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Nelspruit in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 59°F in Durban. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Makiwa Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): make a trip to The Donkin Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Elizabeth trip site .

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in June, things will get little chillier in Port Elizabeth: highs are around 69°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

2
nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
On the 22nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay road trip website .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in June, Plettenberg Bay is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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.
On the 24th (Wed), Head underground at Cango Caves, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Jude's Anglican Church. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Oudtshoorn, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Table Mountain National Park has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town planning site .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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