55 days in South Africa Itinerary

55 days in South Africa Itinerary

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55 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Jackson
Fly:  26 h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  9 h 45 min
5
Graskop
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
7
Hermanus
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
9
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Durban
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
12
St Lucia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Jackson

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bloubergstrand Beach and Chapman's Peak Drive. The adventure continues: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, admire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum, and do a tasting at Vergelegen Estate.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape Town road trip planning app .

Jackson, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Jackson to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Jackson in February, with highs in Cape Town at 81°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, First South African Perfume Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Brenton on Sea. Venture out of the city with trips to Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna (Jandreart Studio, The Motorcycle Room, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, and make a splash at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in February, plan for slightly colder days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and Lappiesbaai Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness (Wilderness Beach & Wilderness National Park), George (Dutch Reformed Mother Church & Redberry Farm) and Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm (in Calitzdorp). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort, pause for some serene contemplation at St Jude's Anglican Church, and stop by Bella-Mia Pottery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, George, Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm, Lappiesbaai Beach, Meiringspoort
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

3
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Desolation and GRT Brewery. Get out of town with these interesting Graaff-Reinet side-trips: Nieu-Bethesda (Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre & Dustcovers). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Reinet House, explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, and contemplate the long history of St James the Great Anglican Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet route builder website .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk

3
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Panorama Route and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Get out of town with these interesting Graskop side-trips: Lydenburg (Long Tom Cannon & Long Tom Pass) and Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate (in Dullstroom). The adventure continues: make a trip to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga, take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, look for gifts at Ponieskrantz, and stroll through Wonder View.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Graskop trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Graaff-Reinet to Graskop takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate, Ponieskrantz, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Qualito Craft Distillery. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Debengeni Waterfall (in Tzaneen), Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa) and Haenertsburg Cemetery (in Haenertsburg). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kinyonga Reptile Center.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip maker site .

You can drive from Graskop to Hoedspruit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Big Boabab, Haenertsburg Cemetery, Debengeni Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

6
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Beach and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Gansbaai (Shark Diving & African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary), Waenhuiskrans Caves (in Arniston) and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas). The adventure continues: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus trip planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hermanus by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in March, expect nights in Hermanus to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gansbaai, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Waenhuiskrans Caves, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Klipdrift Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

3
nights
Stellenbosch

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 24th (Tue), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, examine the collection at Rupert Museum and then play a few rounds at De Zalze Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Stellenbosch trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Hermanus to Stellenbosch in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Tours Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Rupert Museum ©
Rupert Museum

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park journey builder .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Stellenbosch to Kruger National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail
Masorini Archaeological Site ©
Masorini Archaeological Site

3
nights
Durban

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Moses Mabhida Stadium, explore and take pictures at Flag Animal Farm, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Durban travel website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Durban in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Durban when traveling from Kruger National Park in March, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Umhlanga Main Beach, Flag Animal Farm
Highlights from your plan
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

3
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.
On the next day, stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseback Africa.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg tour itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Durban to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in April: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 75°F and lows are around 54°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to St Lucia.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Trails Museums

Side Trips

Sandton City Shopping Centre, Horseback Africa
Highlights from your plan
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Horseback Africa ©
Horseback Africa
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

3
nights
St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the waterfront activity at Richards Small Craft Harbour. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Zamimpilo Community Market, look for gifts at Ilala Weavers, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bayete Zulu.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the St Lucia journey maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to St Lucia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Zamimpilo Community Market, Bayete Zulu, Richards Small Craft Harbour, Ilala Weavers
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Cape Vidal Lighthouse ©
Cape Vidal Lighthouse
Bayete Zulu ©
Bayete Zulu

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