60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 6 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
4
Hazyview
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 7 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Johannesburg
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Cathkin Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Durban
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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 some stellar pictures from Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. July in Cape Town sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

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
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

7
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 Storms River (Bitou Art Gallery, The Dolphin Trail, & more) and Knysna (Holy Trinity Church, Knysna Heads, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, trek along Waterfall Trail, and take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cape Town in July since evenings lows in Plettenberg Bay dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: George (Dutch Reformed Mother Church, Happy Valley, & more), Wilderness (Kaaiman's River & Wilderness Beach) and Calitzdorp (Roger Young Gallery, Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, take some stellar pictures from Geelkrans Nature Reserve, get outside with Umkhondo Big Five, and look for gifts at La Chocolaterie Rococo.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, Oudtshoorn is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, George, Wilderness, La Chocolaterie Rococo, Geelkrans Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
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: Mary Shire Falls (in Sabie), The White River Gallery (in White River) and Sudwala Caves (in Nelspruit). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Elephant Whispers, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hazyview trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to Hazyview takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Mary Shire Falls, Sudwala Caves, The White River Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline
Safaris

7
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa, Qualito Craft Distillery, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, and buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

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 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 4th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail, hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures, and steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time 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
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness 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 Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, & more) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and stroll through The Cradle of Humankind.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in August since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Cathkin Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cathkin Park: Maloti Drakensberg Park (in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park), The Wine Cellar (in Rosetta) and Ladysmith (Spion Kop Battlefield, Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project, & more).

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cathkin Park road trip site .

Drive from Johannesburg to Cathkin Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ladysmith, Maloti Drakensberg Park, Glen Garriff Conservation, The Wine Cellar, Culamoya Chimes
Highlights from your plan
Drakensberg Boys Choir School ©
Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve ©

8
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Ballito (Holla Trails & Willard Beach), Harold Johnson Nature Reserve (in Stanger) and Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam (in Tongaat). The adventure continues: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, have some family-friendly fun at Boot Camp Durban, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Cathkin Park to Durban in 2.5 hours. August in Durban sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballito, Umhlanga Rocks, Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam, Boot Camp Durban, Harold Johnson Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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