34 days in South Africa Itinerary

34 days in South Africa Itinerary

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34 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Sun City
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
8
George
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Durban
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill and Mandela House. Get a sense of the local culture at Apartheid Museum and Walter Sisulu Square. When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Union Buildings in Pretoria, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, get to know the resident critters at Johannesburg Zoo, and browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg online road trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Johannesburg is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sun City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Tours

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Sun City

Sun City ©
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Pilanesberg National Park. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a splash at Valley of Waves.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sun City vacation maker website .

Drive from Johannesburg to Sun City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Sun City

Theme Parks Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Waves ©
Valley of Waves
Pilanesberg National Park ©
Pilanesberg National Park

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Visiting Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Masorini Archaeological Site (in Kruger National Park) and Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa). 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.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hoedspruit online tour builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sun City to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa, 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Idube Game Reserve. Head to Joubert en Seuns Padstal and Antiques & Artifactsfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsamo Cultural Village (in Jeppe's Reef) and Hazyview (Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, Elephant Whispers, & more). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves and stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In April in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Antiques & Artifacts, Matsamo Cultural Village
Highlights from your plan
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Greenmarket Square and Baraka Gifts and Decor. Kids will enjoy Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town itinerary website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Cape Town. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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.
Family-friendly places like Brenton on Sea and Plettenberg Beach will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Jandreart Studio and Plettenvale Wines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Knysna Heads, Garden Route National Park, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, make a splash at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park, and browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Get outdoors at Cango Caves and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fernskloof Wines and Karusa Vineyards. Change things up with a short trip to De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go 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. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oudtshoorn when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in April, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to George.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

De Krans Wines, 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Cape Palette Art Gallery and Outeniqua Transport Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Wilderness Beach and Victoria Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Mossel Bay (Shark Diving & Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Tiny Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, and experience rural life at Redberry Farm.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our George vacation builder app .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to George by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in George

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Shark Diving
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Umhlanga Main Beach and Golden Mile. Do your shopping at Makiwa Gallery and Gateway Theatre of Shopping. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Durban online tour planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from George to Durban in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from George in April, expect Durban to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

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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