36 days in South Africa Itinerary

36 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa route planner

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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
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Knysna
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg
— 5 nights
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Cathkin Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nelspruit
— 5 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
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Cape Town
— 8 nights

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Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm and then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. May in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Knysna

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Birds of Eden (in The Crags), Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail & Suspension Bridge) and Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours (in Storms River). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Knysna RIB Adventures, explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, examine the collection at The Motorcycle Room, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Knysna day trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Knysna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Spend the 16th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and try your luck at Montecasino.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Johannesburg travel planner.

You can fly from Knysna to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Knysna in May since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Cathkin Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cathkin Park

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Drakensberg Mountains, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Drakensberg Boys Choir School, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drakensberg Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at Drakensberg Canopy Tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Maloti Drakensberg Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cathkin Park travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Cathkin Park takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelspruit

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton) and Hazyview (Private Kruger Safaris, Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bagdad Farmers Market.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Nelspruit attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cathkin Park to Nelspruit takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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 27th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with Legend Safaris, tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and relax and rejuvenate at AM Spa Kruger.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park itinerary planning website.

Getting from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery). There's much more to do: stroll through Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, see the world from above with Hoedspruit Helicopters, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 8 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Town tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Cape Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hoedspruit, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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.