33 days in South Africa Itinerary

33 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly to Port Elizabeth, Bus to Graaff-Reinet
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive
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Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Agulhas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 12 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 5 nights

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Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Owl House and The Reinet House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of Desolation and St James the Great Anglican Church. When in Graaff-Reinet, make a side trip to see Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre in Nieu-Bethesda, approximately Nieu-Bethesda away. There's more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet day trip planner.

Johannesburg to Graaff-Reinet is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Oudtshoorn

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Calitzdorp Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to De Krans Wines and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Cape Palette Art Gallery (in George), Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place (in Calitzdorp) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Mossel Bay). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at C.P Nel Museum, experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and Head underground at Cango Caves.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online vacation planner.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna

— 4 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Get a sense of the local culture at Knysna Museum and Holy Trinity Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garden Route National Park and Brenton on Sea. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, &more), Wilderness (Wilderness Beach & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). The adventure continues: stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Oudtshoorn in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Knysna: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas

— 2 nights
On the 28th (Sun), indulge your senses at Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Shipwreck Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Caves, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Kapula Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Cape Agulhas takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 12 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Franschhoek Motor Museum and Fairview Wine and Cheese are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden and Dorp Street. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Vrede en Lust Winery (in Simondium), Franschhoek (Eikehof, Franschhoek Pass, &more) and The Stellenbosch Village Museum (in Stellenbosch). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town online holiday planner.

Getting from Cape Agulhas to Cape Town by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview) and Graskop (Wonder View & Graskop Gorge Lift Company). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit journey planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Johannesburg

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ukutula Conservation Center and Zipline. Get some cultural insight at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Mandela House. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: 7th Heaven Scuba (in Krugersdorp) and Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site). Spend the 18th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and steep yourself in history at Nelson Mandela Foundation.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip builder tool.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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.