60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to OR Tambo International Airport, Drive to Brits
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Brits
— 2 nights
Drive
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Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Bus
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hazyview
— 5 nights
Fly
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St Lucia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Durban
— 6 nights
Fly
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Port Elizabeth
— 6 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 9 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Brits

— 2 nights
Brits is a large town situated in a fertile, citrus, vegetable and grain-producing area that is irrigated by the waters of the Hartbeespoort Dam in North West Province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukutula Conservation Center and then stroll through Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lion and Safari Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Brits road trip planning app.

Exeter, UK to Brits is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Exeter to Brits. In August in Brits, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Brits

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Johannesburg

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings) and The Cradle of Humankind (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site). Spend the 5th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, laugh and play at Gold Reef City, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, and savor the flavors at Time Anchor Distillery.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip planner.

You can drive from Brits to Johannesburg in 1.5 hours. In August in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Tours

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 6 nights
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, Hans Merensky Golf Course, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, surround yourself with nature on Tshukudu Game Lodge, and buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hoedspruit when traveling from Johannesburg in August, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 20th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Phuza Moya Private Game Reserve, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip builder tool.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Hazyview

— 5 nights
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Nelspruit (Safaris, i'langa Mall, &more), White River (Bagdad Farmers Market & Antiques & Artifacts) and Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton). There's still lots to do: stroll through Elephant Whispers, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and stop by Katundo Leather Shop.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip planner.

Drive from Kruger National Park to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

St Lucia

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting St Lucia side-trips: Zimanga Private Game Reserve (in Mkuze), Ukuhamba Guiding (in Hluhluwe) and Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park (in Hluhluwe Game Reserve). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bhangazi Horse Safaris, explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, stop by Canerat Crafts, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the St Lucia road trip website.

You can fly from Hazyview to St Lucia in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Durban

— 6 nights

Surf City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to KwaZulu-Natal Museum (in Pietermaritzburg), Ballito (Holla Trails, Spas, &more) and Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, try your luck at Greyville Racecourse, and browse the different shops at Westville Junction.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Durban road trip planning site.

Getting from St Lucia to Durban by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Port Elizabeth

— 6 nights

Windy City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant National Park (Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo & Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre) and Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo). Spend the 6th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Ron Belling Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Marks Congregational Church.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Durban in September, with highs in Port Elizabeth at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay

— 5 nights
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Suspension Bridge, &more), Knysna (Walking tours, Jandreart Studio, &more) and Bitou Art Gallery (in Storms River). There's lots more to do: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Secrets of Knysna Forest, and relax and rejuvenate at Forest Nature Spa.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay route planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Meiringspoort (in De Rust), Roger Young Gallery (in Calitzdorp) and Prince Albert (Fernskloof Wines & Greg Kerr Art Gallery). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, learn about winemaking at Herold Wine Estate, and take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn day trip tool.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oudtshoorn when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 9 nights

Mother City

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and wander the streets of Bo-kaap.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.