21 days in South Africa & Ponta do Ouro Itinerary

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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
— 3 nights
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Underberg, South Africa
— 1 night
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Cathkin Park, South Africa
— 1 night
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Bela Bela, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique — 3 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Magenta Moon Boutique.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta do Ouro trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ponta do Ouro is an approximately 8-hour car ride. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel to Underberg.
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Underberg, South Africa — 1 night

Underberg is an administrative town in a dairy and cattle farming community in the Mzimkulu River valley of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 30th (Fri), browse the fresh offerings at Pucketty Farm, get engrossed in the history at The Himeville Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Underberg Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Birds and Beyond, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Underberg vacation app.

You can drive from Ponta do Ouro to Underberg in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cathkin Park.
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Cathkin Park, South Africa — 1 night

On the 1st (Sun), hike along Monks Cowl and then sample the tasty concoctions at Drakensberg Brewery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cathkin Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Underberg to Cathkin Park takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nizamiye Mosque and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Shop till you drop at Sandton City Shopping Centre and Jack Friedman Sandton City. Venture out of the city with trips to Balloon Rides (in Muldersdrift) and Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park (in Fourways). Spend the 7th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Mowana Day Spa, buy something for everyone on your list at The Mall of Rosebank, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and take an in-depth tour of Liliesleaf.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg travel site.

Traveling by car from Cathkin Park to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. In January in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Bela Bela.
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Bela Bela, South Africa — 2 nights

Taking a trip to Bela Bela allows visitors to enjoy mild weather and many hot springs.
On the 8th (Sun), stroll through Feracare Wildlife Centre, indulge your thirst for a good beer at L'abri Farm Shop and Brewery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Loebies Gasteplaas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at The Hydro and then stroll through De Wildt Shingwedzi Cheetah Ranch.

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Getting from Johannesburg to Bela Bela by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit, South Africa — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Kingfisher Gallery, then buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Bela Bela to Hoedspruit takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 5 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 hidden gems such as Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Letaba Elephant Hall and Masorini Archaeological Site. Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit, about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail and stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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.
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