31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kragga Kamma Game Park and Safaris. Visiting Shamwari Game Reserve and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Elizabeth: Paradise Beach (in Jeffreys Bay) and Daniell Cheetah Project (in Kirkwood).

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Elizabeth trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Port Elizabeth reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Knysna

Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Take a break from the city and head to Garden Route National Park and Brenton on Sea. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Wilderness Beach and Buffalo Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park), The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary) and Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio.

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Getting from Port Elizabeth to Knysna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

4
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Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Shark Diving. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai), Drostdy Museum (in Swellendam) and De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, and look for gifts at Rossouw Modern.

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Drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

7
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Cape Town

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Franschhoek Motor Museum and Chapman's Peak Drive. For shopping fun, head to Baraka Gifts and Decor or The Old Biscuit Mill. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden in Stellenbosch, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary maker app.

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 December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

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Hoedspruit

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park) and Wonder View (in Graskop). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit vacation builder site.

You can fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hoedspruit: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

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Nelspruit

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 out of the city life by going to Safaris and The Elephant Sanctuary. Head to Bagdad Farmers Market and Joubert en Seuns Padstalfor some retail therapy. Take a break from Nelspruit with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

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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. December in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

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St Lucia

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 29th (Tue): stroll through Bhangazi Horse Safaris and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Canerat Crafts, contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our St Lucia itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Nelspruit to St Lucia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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South Africa travel guide

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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.