49 days in South Africa Itinerary

49 days in South Africa Itinerary

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49 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Durban
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Hazyview
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Seattle

7
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: get great views at Cape Point, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary app .

Seattle, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Cape Town. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in October: highs in Cape Town hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore Oudtshoorn's surroundings by going to Wilderness (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Dolphin Point Lookout), George (Dutch Reformed Mother Church, Happy Valley, & more) and Roger Young Gallery (in Calitzdorp). The adventure continues: Head underground at Cango Caves, cruise along Swartberg Pass, stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and get outside with Umkhondo Big Five.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn road trip tool .

Drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

George, Wilderness, Roger Young Gallery, Umkhondo Big Five
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park) and Storms River (Bitou Art Gallery & The Dolphin Trail). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mitchell's Brewery, snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, and trek along Otter Trail.

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

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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: Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park) and Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown). There's lots more to do: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, hike along Chokka Trail, pause for some photo ops at Horse Memorial, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marks Congregational Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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 ©

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane), Boot Camp Durban (in Pinetown) and Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston). There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, cast your line with a fishing tour, and view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery.

Before you visit Durban, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Elizabeth in November: high temperatures in Durban hover around 82°F and lows are around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Stormy Hill Trails & Tails, Boot Camp Durban, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails ©
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails

3
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.
Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hazyview trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Durban to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Durban in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Hazyview, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

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
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Safaris, Qualito Craft Distillery, & more). There's much more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, meet the residents at Kinyonga Reptile Center, and buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

7
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 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 21st (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, trek along Bushmans Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip maker website .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

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
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.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and try your luck at Montecasino.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in November, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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