60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa travel route planner

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Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nelspruit
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Bus
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Umhlanga Rocks
— 6 nights
Fly to Port Elizabeth, Bus to Graaff-Reinet
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Graaff-Reinet
— 3 nights
Drive
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Knysna
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hermanus
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cape Agulhas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 10 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Ukutula Conservation Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and Sandton City Shopping Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Kromdraai Gold Mine (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), 7th Heaven Scuba (in Krugersdorp) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market, and browse the exhibits of I was shot in Joburg.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg vacation builder app.

Sydney, Australia to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Johannesburg, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, plan for little chillier nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Wildlife · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Nelspruit

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Do your shopping at The White River Gallery and Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery. Visiting Elephant Whispers and Sudwala Caves will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nelspruit: Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton), Dullstroom (Dullstroom on the Dam, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre, &more) and Lone Creek Falls (in Sabie). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, buy something for everyone on your list at i'langa Mall, see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, and stop by Africa Joy.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in June since evenings lows in Nelspruit dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bourkes' Luck Potholes and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Get some cultural insight at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Wonder View (in Graskop) and Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa). The adventure continues: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels, and stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit holiday maker app.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Little Shingwedzi Safaris and Napi Wilderness Trail. There's much more to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

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Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can fly to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

St Lucia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, then shop like a local with Zamimpilo Community Market, and then browse the different shops at Mtuba Mall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the St Lucia trip planner.

Fly from Kruger National Park to St Lucia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks

— 6 nights
Hailed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Umhlanga Rocks boasts beautiful coastlines best suited for surfing, fishing, and whale and dolphin viewing.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Burnedale Farm and Africa Art Gallery. Head to Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Watercrest Mallfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballito Lifestyle Centre (in Shaka's Rock), Howick (Karkloof Canopy Tour & Benvie Garden) and Ballito (Ballito Junction & Thompson's Bay Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at La Lucia Mall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Umdloti Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Umhlanga Rocks planner.

Getting from St Lucia to Umhlanga Rocks by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Umhlanga Rocks sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Umhlanga Rocks

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Graaff-Reinet

— 3 nights
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Owl House and Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre. Get in touch with nature at Valley of Desolation and Mountain Zebra National Park. Step out of Graaff-Reinet to go to Nieu-Bethesda and see First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, pause for some serene contemplation at St James the Great Anglican Church, and explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Umhlanga Rocks to Graaff-Reinet by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna

— 6 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Do your shopping at Bitou Art Gallery and Jandreart Studio. The Motorcycle Room and Plettenvale Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, &more) and Wilderness (Wilderness National Park & Wilderness Beach). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Knysna holiday builder.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Hermanus

— 6 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Do your shopping at Hermanus Country Market and Funky Vibes. Get outdoors at Grotto Beach and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass, Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery, &more), Gansbaai (African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary & Dyer Island Cruises) and St Mildred's Chapelry (in Montagu). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Marbrin Olive Growers, admire the natural beauty at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, and get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hermanus takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Knysna in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Hermanus, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Caves and then explore the activities along Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast, get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse.

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Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas takes 2 hours. July in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Town

— 10 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Groot Constantia and Robben Island Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Franschhoek Motor Museum and Heart of Cape Town Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Franschhoek (Eikehof, First South African Perfume Museum, &more) and Stellenbosch (Dyman Gallery, Spier Wine Farm, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, do a tasting at Beau Constantia, buy something for everyone on your list at Canal Walk Shopping Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cape Agulhas to Cape Town by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.