35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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35 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Port Shepstone
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
2
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Storms River
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Port Alfred
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
8
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Port Shepstone

Port Shepstone ©
Port Shepstone is a town situated on the mouth of the largest river on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the Mzimkulu River (the great home of all rivers). You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mac Nicol's Caravan Park and Trafalgar Beach. Explore Port Shepstone's surroundings by going to Scottburgh Beach (in Scottburgh) and Port Edward (Wild Waves Water Park & Mzamba Beach). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Shepstone Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Shepstone travel planning site .

Johannesburg to Port Shepstone is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, expect nights in Port Shepstone to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Port Shepstone

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Margate, Port Edward, Scottburgh Beach, Uvongo Beach, Umzumbe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Trafalgar Beach ©
Trafalgar Beach
Umzumbe Beach ©
Umzumbe Beach
Mzamba Beach ©
Mzamba Beach

5
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Onrus Beach and Grotto Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Shark Diving (in Gansbaai), Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, trek along De Hoop Nature Reserve, and explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve.

Make your Hermanus itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Shepstone to Hermanus. In November in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Drostdy Museum, Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve ©
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

5
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.
Attractions like Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and Santos Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to George (St Mark's Cathedral, Cape Palette Art Gallery, & more) and Janine Iron and Washing Museum (in Hartenbos). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Cango Caves, pause for some serene contemplation at St Jude's Anglican Church, get your game on at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip maker site .

You can drive from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

George, Mossel Bay
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Plettenberg Bay (Plettenberg Beach, Plettenvale Wines, & more) and The Crags (Birds of Eden, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, & more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, enjoy some diversion at Acrobranch Wildwoods, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Knysna travel planning app .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Knysna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Storms River.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

3
nights
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Storms River is known for adventure, trails, outdoors, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along The Dolphin Trail, snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, stroll through Otter Trail, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Storms River route website .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Storms River takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
Highlights from your plan
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Paradise Beach and Sardinia Bay Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park) and Dolphin Beach (in Jeffreys Bay). There's lots more to do: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, get to know the resident critters at Seaview Lion Park, stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Storms River to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Port Alfred.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Jeffreys Bay, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
nights
Port Alfred

Port Alfred ©
Port Alfred is a small town with a population of just under 26,000 in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Family-friendly places like Kariega Beach and Kelly's Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Alfred: Grahamstown (Observatory Museum, Cathedral of St Michael and St George, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kowie River, explore by horseback at Beachcomber Horse Trails, tee off at The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club, and take an in-depth tour of The Kowie Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Alfred route tool .

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Port Alfred in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Alfred

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Grahamstown, Kenton-on-Sea
Highlights from your plan
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Beachcomber Horse Trails ©
Beachcomber Horse Trails
Kowie River ©
Kowie River

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 25th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, then go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach, then kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and then get great views at Cape Point.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town online itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Alfred to Cape Town. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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