60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
2
Hazyview
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
4
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 30 min
5
St Lucia
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
6
Durban
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Cape Town
— 11 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Charlotte

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Ukutula Conservation Center and Sterkfontein Cave. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Buildings and Mandela House. Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in Brits--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, and contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg attractions planning site .

Charlotte, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Johannesburg. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in June; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 66°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, Brits, Union Buildings, Sterkfontein Cave
Highlights from your plan
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Safaris
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre ©
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Three Roundavels. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Whispers and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Graskop (Graskop Gorge Lift Company & Wonder View) and Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves & Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Shangana Cultural Village, and stop by Katundo Leather Shop.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hazyview trip itinerary app .

Getting from Johannesburg to Hazyview by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hazyview when traveling from Johannesburg in June, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Graskop, Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Highlights from your plan
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Tshukudu Game Lodge. Get outdoors at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Drakensig Golf Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Safaris, Qualito Craft Distillery, & more). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit trip planner .

Take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St Lucia.

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
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Vidal Lighthouse and Veyane Cultural Village. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Heritage Tours & Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Hluhluwe Game Reserve (Emdoneni Cheetah project & Zulu Croc Reptile Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, look for gifts at Canerat Crafts, and enjoy the sand and surf at St Lucia Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read St Lucia day trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to St Lucia in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Heritage Tours & Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Diving and Zipline. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban and Makiwa Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick), Thompson's Bay Beach (in Ballito) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Umkomaas). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, browse the different shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, and have some family-friendly fun at Epic Karting Galleria.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durban attractions planner.

Take a bus from St Lucia to Durban in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Durban, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Thompson's Bay Beach, KartingKZN Galleria, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

5
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Shamwari Game Reserve and Safaris. Popular historic sites such as St Patrick's Catholic Church and Cathedral of St Michael and St George are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Elizabeth: Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo), Daniell Cheetah Project (in Kirkwood) and Paradise Beach (in Jeffreys Bay). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park, walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, and deepen your understanding at Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Durban in July; daily highs in Port Elizabeth reach 68°F and lows reach 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Grahamstown, Sundays River Valley, Paradise Beach, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Wilderness Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Radical Raptors and Garden Route National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George), Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room (in Klein Brak River) and Brenton on Sea (in Knysna). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church, snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Plettenberg Bay using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, Wilderness Beach, Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Struisbaai Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Agulhas in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July since evenings lows in Cape Agulhas dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

5
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Drostdy Museum and Shipwreck Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: De Hoop Nature Reserve (in Bredasdorp), African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Caves, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, stroll through Grotto Beach, and explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus online road trip planner .

Drive from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Swellendam, Shipwreck Museum, Waenhuiskrans Caves, Stony Point Penguin Colony, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail

11
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park), Stellenbosch (Keermont Vineyards & Delaire Graff Estate) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass, First South African Perfume Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Platteklip Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill, learn about winemaking at Fairview Wine and Cheese, and take in nature's colorful creations at Company's Gardens.

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

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 45°F. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, West Coast National Park, Chapman's Peak Drive, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Highlights from your plan
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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