31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa tour planner

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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
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Durban
— 3 nights
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg
— 4 nights

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Plettenberg Bay

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). There's more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in October: highs in Plettenberg Bay hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Cape Town

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, trek along Platteklip Gorge, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 25 — Nov 1:

Durban

— 3 nights

Surf City

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.
Go for a jaunt from Durban to Ballito to see Spas about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, stroll around Umgeni River Bird Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Durban day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in November, with highs in Durban at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Spas · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Hazyview

— 4 nights
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 out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Nelspruit (Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Sudwala Caves, &more) and Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery (in White River). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, don't miss a visit to Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park, look for gifts at Katundo Leather Pty Ltd, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hazyview online holiday planner.

Getting from Durban to Hazyview by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Hazyview. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

Hoedspruit

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Safaris in Phalaborwa (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

Kruger National Park

— 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit to see Kruger National Park about 50 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and relax and rejuvenate at AM Spa Kruger.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:

Johannesburg

— 4 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 Johannesburg with an excursion to Lion and Safari Park in Broederstroom--about 54 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and learn insider's secrets on Time Anchor Distillery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.