58 days in South Africa Itinerary

58 days in South Africa Itinerary

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58 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Groot Drakenstein
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
St Lucia
— 14 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Durban
— 16 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
4
Sun City
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Johannesburg
— 11 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney

7
nights
Groot Drakenstein

Groot Drakenstein ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anvil Ale Brewery and Dullstroom Bird Of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre. Get in touch with nature at Wathaba Hiking Trail - Day Tours and Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Groot Drakenstein: Dullstroom (The Rock Shop & Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate), Krugerhof Museum (in Waterval Boven) and Bronkhorstspruit (Anton Smit Sculpture Park & Nan Hua Temple).

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Groot Drakenstein travel itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Groot Drakenstein is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to South Africa Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Groot Drakenstein, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Groot Drakenstein

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dullstroom, Bronkhorstspruit, Krugerhof Museum, Jugomaro Predator Park, Wathaba Hiking Trail - Day Tours
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Nan Hua Temple ©
Nan Hua Temple
Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate ©

14
nights
St Lucia

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park and Emdoneni Cheetah project. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Swim with Dolphins. Explore St Lucia's surroundings by going to Hluhluwe (Bonamanzi Game Reserve & Ilala Weavers), Richards Bay (Boardwalk Mall & Alkantstrand Beach) and Zulu Croc and Wildlife (in Hluhluwe Game Reserve). Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Mkhuze Game Reserve. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, browse the different shops at Mtuba Mall, explore the striking landscape of Heritage Tours & Safaris, and stop by Canerat Crafts.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the St Lucia tour planner.

Drive from Groot Drakenstein to St Lucia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Richards Bay, Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Mtubatuba, Hluhluwe, Mkuze
Highlights from your plan
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park

16
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thompson's Bay Beach and Zipline. Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding and St. Emmanual Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam (in Tongaat), Zinkwazi Beach (in Zinkwazi Beach) and Flag Animal Farm (in Salt Rock). Spend the 2nd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Main Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a splash at uShaka Marine World, and identify plant and animal life at African Bird of Prey Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Durban vacation builder.

Getting from St Lucia to Durban by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Durban can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sun City.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal, Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, Thompson's Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple
Thompson's Bay Beach ©
Thompson's Bay Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

8
nights
Sun City

Sun City ©
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. Get in touch with nature at Madikwe Nature Reserve and Kwena Crocodile Farm. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Palace of the Lost City and The Maze of the Lost City. Get out of town with these interesting Sun City side-trips: Ukutula Lion Park (in Brits) and Marakele Animal Sanctuary (in Thabazimbi). Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Pilanesberg National Park. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Gary Player Golf Course, meet the residents at Predator World, get in on the family fun at Waterworld, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sun City trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Durban to Sun City. Traveling from Durban in December, you will find days in Sun City are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are slightly colder (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Sun City

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ukutula Conservation Center, Madikwe Nature Reserve, Marakele Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Madikwe Nature Reserve ©
Madikwe Nature Reserve
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
The Palace of the Lost City ©
The Palace of the Lost City

11
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Apartheid Museum and Hector Pieterson Museum. Get some cultural insight at Union Buildings and Maboneng Precinct. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp) and Pretoria (Melrose House Museum, Smuts House Museum, & more). Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Spend the 27th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: try to win big at Montecasino, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the interesting displays at Liliesleaf Farm & Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Lesedi Cultural Village.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg travel planner.

Traveling by car from Sun City to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sun City in December; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Outdoors

Side Trips

Pretoria, Krugersdorp, Sterkfontein Cave, Liliesleaf, Dinokeng Game Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Liliesleaf ©
Liliesleaf
Lesedi Cultural Village ©
Lesedi Cultural Village

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