60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + foot + Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Johannesburg
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Durban
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Port Elizabeth
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  26​h
End: Washington DC

8
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 21-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in January, with highs in Cape Town at 81°F and lows at 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

6
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Marbrin Olive Growers (in Robertson), Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and Swellendam (Drostdy Museum & Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery). There's much more to do: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Onrus Beach, admire the natural beauty at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, and get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hermanus tour builder app .

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Betty's Bay, Stanford, Swellendam, Cape Agulhas, Marbrin Olive Growers
Highlights from your plan
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Shark Diving

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.
Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa) and Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary & Elephant Whispers). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In January in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Phalaborwa, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

7
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.
Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 24th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Bushmans Trail, trek along Mphongolo Backpacking Trail, get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park road trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, The Cradle of Humankind, Emperors Palace, Ukutula Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

6
nights
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.
Explore Durban's surroundings by going to Zipline (in Port Shepstone), Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick) and Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston). And it doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, walk around Umgeni River Bird Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Durban road trip planning tool .

Fly from Johannesburg to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Durban when traveling from Johannesburg in February, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Epic Karting Galleria, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Stormy Hill Trails & Tails
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

6
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Elizabeth: Grahamstown (Cathedral of St Michael and St George & St Patrick's Catholic Church), Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park) and Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo). There's lots more to do: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at King's Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Ron Belling Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in February, expect Port Elizabeth to be slightly colder, temps between 78°F and 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Grahamstown, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Wild Dreams Africa, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Safaris

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 Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Knysna Heads, & more) and Storms River (The Dolphin Trail & Bitou Art Gallery). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, trek along Otter Trail, make a splash at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park, and take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: George (Dutch Reformed Mother Church & Outeniqua Transport Museum), Lappiesbaai Beach (in Stilbaai) and Roger Young Gallery (in Calitzdorp). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, contemplate the waterfront views at Kaaiman's River, stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass.

Plan trip to Oudtshoorn with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. February in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, George, Lappiesbaai Beach, Roger Young Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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