36 days in South Africa Itinerary

36 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip itinerary planner

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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Bus
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hazyview
— 5 nights
Fly
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Durban
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive
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Gansbaai
— 2 nights
Fly
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— 2 nights
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Johannesburg

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, and try to win big at Emperors Palace.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kruger National Park

— 6 nights
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 2nd (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail, admire the engineering at Klaserie Dam, hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kruger National Park visit planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, Kruger National Park is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hoedspruit

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Hans Merensky Golf Estate). There's much more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hazyview

— 5 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Nelspruit (Lowveld National Botanical Garden & Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary), Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton) and The White River Gallery (in White River). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, look for gifts at Katundo Leather Pty Ltd, and make a trip to Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview tour site.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Durban

— 4 nights

Surf City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo), Spas (in Ballito) and African Bird of Prey Sanctuary (in Pietermaritzburg). Next up on the itinerary: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, buy something for everyone on your list at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, cool off at uShaka Marine World, and admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Durban trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Hazyview to Durban in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Durban, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 7 nights

Mother City

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

Getting from Durban to Cape Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in July, expect Cape Town to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Gansbaai

— 2 nights
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and then head off the coast to Dyer Island.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gansbaai online road trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the galleries of Cape Palette Art Gallery, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Cango Caves and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Gansbaai to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.