56 days in South Africa Itinerary

56 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
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Mossel Bay
— 4 nights
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Cape Agulhas
— 3 nights
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Hermanus
— 6 nights
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Cape Town
— 12 nights
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Kimberley
— 4 nights
Fly to King Shaka International Airport, Drive to St Lucia
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
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Nelspruit
— 7 nights
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Knysna
— 7 nights
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Oudtshoorn

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at C.P Nel Museum and Villa Kruger. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and Meiringspoort Waterfall. Take a break from Oudtshoorn with a short trip to Meiringspoort in De Rust, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Meerkat Magic, experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Head underground at Cango Caves, and admire all the interesting features of Cali Craft & Gems.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn day trip app.

Port Alfred to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. January in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Mossel Bay

— 4 nights

Bay of Attraction

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Get outdoors at St. Blaize Trail and Pinnacle Point Golf Club. Explore hidden gems such as Outeniqua Transport Museum and Shark Diving. Get out of town with these interesting Mossel Bay side-trips: George (Redberry Farm, The Fudgemaster, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Santos Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and stroll around Harry Giddy Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay day trip app.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mossel Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Agulhas

— 3 nights
Get outdoors at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Waenhuiskrans Caves. Let the collections at Shipwreck Museum and Oh My ArtsCrafts capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Agulhas: De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve) and Arniston (Kassiesbaai & Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve).

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas road trip planning app.

Getting from Mossel Bay to Cape Agulhas by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Cape Agulhas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hermanus

— 6 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Head to Hermanus Country Market and Senechal-Senekal Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Grotto Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek), Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay) and Swellendam (Old Apostolic Church, Drostdy Museum, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, experience rural life at Klein River Cheese, and catch a movie at Romantiques.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 12 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island Museum and Zeitz MOCAA. Get some historical perspective at Maclear's Beacon and Groote Kerk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum & First South African Perfume Museum) and Stellenbosch (Dyman Gallery & Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, see the interesting displays at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kimberley.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Kimberley

— 4 nights

City that Sparkles

As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Shop till you drop at William Humphreys Art Gallery and Duggan Cronin Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Big Hole and Kimberley Mine Museum. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre and witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kimberley travel planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Kimberley in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in February, you will find days in Kimberley are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

St Lucia

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Tue), look for gifts at Canerat Crafts, then explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): browse the different shops at Mtuba Mall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St Lucia journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kimberley to St Lucia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at iNyoka Art Gallery and Masorini Archaeological Site. Step out of Kruger National Park with an excursion to Kumbaya Home Decor in Hoedspruit--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 14th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from St Lucia to Kruger National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Nelspruit

— 7 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.
Head to Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery and Joubert en Seuns Padstalfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Bourkes' Luck Potholes and Safaris will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Dullstroom (Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre & Calson Massage Clinic), Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary & Elephant Whispers) and Graskop (Wonder View & Lisbon Falls). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at South African National Parks. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Lone Creek Falls, examine the collection at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit online trip maker.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nelspruit when traveling from Kruger National Park in February, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Knysna.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Gaol and Art Gallery and St. Christopher Catholic Church. Visiting Garden Route National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Plettenberg Bay (Robberg Nature Reserve & Plettenberg Beach), The Crags (Elephant Sanctuary The Crags & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary) and Wilderness (Wilderness Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, tee off at Simola Golf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, and kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Knysna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in February, things will get little chillier in Knysna: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

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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.