44 days in South Africa Itinerary

44 days in South Africa Itinerary

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44 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Hazyview
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Durban
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Elizabeth side-trips: Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown), Liquid Lines (in Cape St Francis) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, kick back and relax at Hobie Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and hike along Chokka Trail.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth travel planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Port Elizabeth, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Port Elizabeth is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Liquid Lines, Chokka Trail, Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Safaris

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Knysna Heads, Holy Trinity Church, & more) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, take in the views from Suspension Bridge, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and hike along Otter Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, The Dolphin Trail
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm (in Calitzdorp), George (Outeniqua Transport Museum & Cape Palette Art Gallery) and Meiringspoort (in De Rust). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout, and stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn tour app .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilderness, De Rust, George, Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

6
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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, try your luck at Montecasino, and look for gifts at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip planning app .

Getting from Cape Town to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Montecasino, Jack Friedman Eastgate
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

5
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
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 19th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery, Amarula Lapa, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

4
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
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 (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, stop by Katundo Leather Shop, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hazyview online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Safaris

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Willard Beach (in Ballito), Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo). Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, try out the rides at uShaka Marine World, view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durban tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hazyview in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Durban, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Makiwa Gallery, Willard Beach, Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass, Umhlanga Beach, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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