17 days in Ladysmith, Bela Bela & Kruger National Park Itinerary

17 days in Ladysmith, Bela Bela & Kruger National Park Itinerary

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Ladysmith

— 2 nights
Ladysmith is a town in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 18th (Sat), witness the site of a historic battle at Spion Kop Battlefield, examine the collection at Ladysmith Siege Museum, and then stroll through Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project. On the next day, examine the collection at Talana Museum, stroll through Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve, and then take in the history at Elandslaagte Battlefield Memorial.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ladysmith journey builder website.

Durban to Ladysmith is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bela Bela.

Things to do in Ladysmith

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

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Bela Bela

— 2 nights
Taking a trip to Bela Bela allows visitors to enjoy mild weather and many hot springs.
On the 20th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at De Wildt Shingwedzi Cheetah Ranch, then stroll through Adventures with Elephants, and then stroll through Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Mystic Monkeys and Feathers ZOO and then stroll through Bambelela Wildlife Care&Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Farm.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bela Bela trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ladysmith to Bela Bela takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December in Bela Bela, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Bela Bela

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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Kruger National Park

— 11 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kruger National Park: Hoedspruit (Drakensig Golf Club, iNyoka Art Gallery, &more) and Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Hans Merensky Golf Estate). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 22nd (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bela Bela to Kruger National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

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