60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa travel planner

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Johannesburg
— 8 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 7 nights
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Nelspruit
— 7 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 7 nights
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Graaff-Reinet
— 3 nights
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Knysna
— 7 nights
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Hermanus
— 6 nights
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Cape Town
— 14 nights
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Johannesburg

— 8 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Hartbeespoort (Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary & Horseback Riding Tours) and Union Buildings (in Pretoria). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, steep yourself in history at Bus Factory, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and try your luck at Emperors Palace.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Johannesburg is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Stockholm in June since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 7 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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Wolhuter Wilderness Trail & Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park), Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa) and Bushbaby Adventures (in Letaba). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Tshukudu Game Lodge, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and get outside with Siyafunda Conservation.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in June: high temperatures in Hoedspruit hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Nelspruit

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lowveld National Botanical Garden and Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail. Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to White River (Rottcher Wineries, Antiques & Artifacts, &more), The Elephant Sanctuary (in Hazyview) and Napi Wilderness Trail (in Kruger National Park). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, try to win big at Emnotweni Casino, and browse the fresh offerings at Bagdad Farmers Market.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nelspruit trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Elizabeth

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World and Seal Point. Get out of town with these interesting Port Elizabeth side-trips: Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown), Fish River Lighthouse (in Port Alfred) and Kenton-on-Sea (Kariega Beach & Spas). The adventure continues: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, sample some tasty brews at Into Tours, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dockside Brewery, and stroll around St George's Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Elizabeth vacation planner.

Fly from Nelspruit to Port Elizabeth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Valley of Desolation and Urquhart House Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Graaff-Reinet side-trips: Nieu-Bethesda (The Owl House & Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre). There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, and steep yourself in history at St James the Great Anglican Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet itinerary builder.

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Graaff-Reinet in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Knysna

— 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Buffalo Bay and Gerickes Point. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Plettenberg Bay (Plettenvale Wines & Plett Puzzle Park), Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Herold Wine Estate (in George). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, stop by MLink Glass Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna day trip planning website.

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Graham Beck Robertson Estate and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay) and Tanagra Winery & Distillery (in McGregor). Spend the 14th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux, and sample the tasty concoctions at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Hermanus takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hermanus when traveling from Knysna in July, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapman's Peak Drive and Eikehof. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Franschhoek (La Motte Wine Estate & Franschhoek Motor Museum), Delaire Graff Estate (in Stellenbosch) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, learn the secrets of beer at Kiff Kombi Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Company's Gardens, and take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Cape Town are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.