32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  20 h
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
7
George
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Durban
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Auckland

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mandela House and Union Buildings. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, buy something for everyone on your list at Walter Sisulu Square, try your luck at Montecasino, and get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg journey builder tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Johannesburg is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Auckland to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Montecasino, Union Buildings
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Do your shopping at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Masorini Archaeological Site (in Kruger National Park) and Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
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.
Visiting Safaris and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary, Elephant Whispers, & more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nelspruit tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. April in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Attractions like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Signal Hill make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town holiday app .

Getting from Nelspruit to Cape Town by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Cape Town, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Jandreart Studio and Plettenvale Wines. Step out of the city life by going to Robberg Nature Reserve and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Knysna Heads, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Birds of Eden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, savor the flavors at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and cool off at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
Highlights from your plan
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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 out of the city life by going to Cango Caves and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fernskloof Wines and De Krans Wines. There's much more to do: cruise along Swartberg Pass, admire the striking features of St Jude's Anglican Church, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in April since evenings lows in Oudtshoorn dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to George.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

De Krans Wines, Doornkraal Padstal, Fernskloof Wines
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
nights
George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Head to Cape Palette Art Gallery and Tiny Shopfor plenty of shopping. Kids will enjoy Wilderness Beach and Redberry Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around George: Mossel Bay (Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex & Shark Diving). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Victoria Bay, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the George road trip planner .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to George by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, daytime highs in George are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in George

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Wilderness, Mossel Bay
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding
Shark Diving

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.
Visit Umhlanga Main Beach and Golden Mile for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Makiwa Gallery and The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban. There's lots more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, buy something for everyone on your list at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durban road trip planning website .

Getting from George to Durban by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from George in April, expect Durban to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Umhlanga Rocks
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

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