32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa route maker

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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Bus
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
Fly
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Durban
— 2 nights
Fly
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Johannesburg

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, stop by Jack Friedman Eastgate, make a trip to South Western Townships, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg day trip tool.

Chattanooga, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chattanooga to Johannesburg. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Chattanooga in June, with highs in Johannesburg at 66°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 4 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.
Hoedspruit is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 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 your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Kruger National Park

— 5 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 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 20th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park planning site.

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Nelspruit (Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Emnotweni Casino, &more) and Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton). There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip itinerary app.

Drive from Kruger National Park to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. In June in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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 28th (Mon): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, and then browse the different shops at Westville Junction. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Durban using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hazyview to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hazyview in June since evenings lows in Durban dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Tours

Plettenberg Bay

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Otter Trail, then snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Plettenberg Bay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in June: high temperatures in Plettenberg Bay hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn

— 2 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

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 2nd (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then Head underground at Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn route maker website.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, Oudtshoorn is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cape Town

— 6 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary site.

Fly from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.