60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa holiday planner

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Johannesburg
— 6 nights
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Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
— 2 nights
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Pretoria
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
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Moremela
— 1 day
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
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Durban
— 4 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
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Cape Town
— 14 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Origins Centre Museum, Rosebank Art & Craft Market, Nelson Mandela Foundation, and other attractions you added. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (Sterkfontein Cave & The Cradle of Humankind). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg online travel route planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Johannesburg is 7 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Johannesburg, with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Lesidi Cultural Village and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lion and Safari Park.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Johannesburg to Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in 1.5 hours. In December in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

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Highlights from your trip

Pretoria

— 4 nights
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
You've now added The National Cultural History Museum to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pretoria: Bela Bela (De Wildt Shingwedzi Cheetah Ranch & Adventures with Elephants). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, steep yourself in history at Union Buildings, examine the collection at Kruger House Museum, and stroll through Rietvlei Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pretoria tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site to Pretoria takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pretoria, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kruger National Park

— 5 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 2nd (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Idube Game Reserve and trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

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Traveling by flight from Pretoria to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Pretoria in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hoedspruit

— 5 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.
You've now added Nyani Cultural Village to your itinerary. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Tzaneen (Vervet Monkey Foundation & Debengeni Waterfall), Olifants River Safaris Day Trips (in Phalaborwa) and Blueberry Heights Farm (in Haenertsburg). There's much more to do: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

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Take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Moremela.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Moremela

— 1 day
On the 7th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Moremela trip planner.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Moremela in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Moremela are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Moremela

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Hazyview

— 4 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.
Shangana Cultural Village has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Panorama Route (in Graskop) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Elephant Sanctuary, and take in panoramic vistas at God's Window.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hazyview trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Moremela to Hazyview takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Durban

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kwa Muhle Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, browse the different shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Umhlanga Rocks Promenade.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Durban trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hazyview to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in January, Durban is a bit warmer at night with lows of 72°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Port Elizabeth

— 5 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: Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park) and Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester). Spend the 16th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sardinia Bay Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Durban in January; daily highs in Port Elizabeth reach 79°F and lows reach 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Elephant Sanctuary The Crags as well as Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Waterfall Trail) and Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

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

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: George (Cape Palette Art Gallery & Outeniqua Transport Museum), Umkhondo Big Five (in Albertina) and De Rust (Meiringspoort Waterfall & Meiringspoort). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass and stroll through Wilderness Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Oudtshoorn vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 14 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Heart of Cape Town Museum has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cape Town sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

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.