34 days in South Africa Itinerary

34 days in South Africa Itinerary

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34 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Franschhoek
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
6
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Knysna
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
8
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Grahamstown
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
12
Coffee Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
13
Himeville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
14
Pietermaritzburg
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
15
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
16
St Lucia
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
17
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: London

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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 in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Town day trip planning website .

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cape Town is 2 hours. Traveling from London in January, expect Cape Town to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

2
nights
Franschhoek

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): do a tasting at Eikehof, examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Stony Brook Vineyards, then do a tasting at Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons Tasting Centre, then do a tasting at Waterford Estate, and finally examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Franschhoek trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Cape Town to Franschhoek by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Franschhoek, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trip

Stellenbosch
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate
First South African Perfume Museum ©
First South African Perfume Museum

2
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus day trip website .

You can drive from Franschhoek to Hermanus in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path

2
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, then take in the exciting artwork at IBIS Gallery, and finally head outdoors with American Dream Cars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along R 62 nel Klein Karoo and then hike along De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Swellendam road trip planning site .

You can drive from Hermanus to Swellendam in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Swellendam

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Montagu, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, Marbrin Olive Growers
Highlights from your plan
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
American Dream Cars ©
American Dream Cars

1
night
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Blaize Trail, and then stroll through Santos Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Mossel Bay takes 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Mossel Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
Highlights from your plan
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room ©
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm and then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip maker .

Getting from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. February in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Redberry Farm, Doornkraal Padstal
Highlights from your plan
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

2
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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Mitchell's Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cola Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip maker tool .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and then trek along The Dolphin Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip builder tool .

Plettenberg Bay is just a stone's throw from Knysna. In February, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

The Dolphin Trail
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dockside Brewery and then stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth journey planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

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

1
night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
On the 12th (Wed), stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Addo Elephant National Park route maker website .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park takes 1.5 hours. February in Addo Elephant National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

1
night
Grahamstown

Grahamstown
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. On the 13th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at 1820 Settlers National Monument and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Grahamstown fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Grahamstown in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
1820 Settlers National Monument ©
1820 Settlers National Monument

2
nights
Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
On the 14th (Fri), kick back and relax at Lubanzi Beach and then make a trip to Hole in the Wall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Coffee Bay trip maker app .

Drive from Grahamstown to Coffee Bay in 5.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Himeville.

Things to do in Coffee Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mdumbi Beach, Lubanzi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach
Hole in the Wall ©
Hole in the Wall

2
nights
Himeville

Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, approx 130 km from Pietermaritzburg. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take in the awesome beauty at Drakensberg Mountains.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeville trip planner .

You can drive from Coffee Bay to Himeville in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pietermaritzburg.

Things to do in Himeville

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Underberg, Drakensberg Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Drakensberg Mountains ©
Drakensberg Mountains
Underberg Studio ©
Underberg Studio

1
night
Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg ©
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Wylie Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pietermaritzburg online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Himeville to Pietermaritzburg in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Pietermaritzburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wylie Park ©
Wylie Park

1
night
Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Hluhluwe Game Reserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zulu Croc Reptile Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emdoneni Cheetah project.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hluhluwe Game Reserve trip planner .

You can drive from Pietermaritzburg to Hluhluwe Game Reserve in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Pietermaritzburg in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to St Lucia.

Things to do in Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Zulu Croc Reptile Park ©
Zulu Croc Reptile Park

1
night
St Lucia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Canerat Crafts, explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Mtuba Mall and then stroll through Crocodile Centre St Lucia.

Plan a trip to St Lucia easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Hluhluwe Game Reserve to St Lucia in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Mtuba Mall
Highlights from your plan
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Safaris
Canerat Crafts ©
Canerat Crafts

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City and then make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Johannesburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Nelson Mandela Square
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©

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