33 days in South Africa Itinerary

33 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa route planner
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Johannesburg
— 1 night
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Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Graskop
— 1 night
Drive
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Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive
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Durban
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grahamstown
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Elizabeth
— 16 nights
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Cape Town
— 1 night
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Johannesburg — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): try your luck at Montecasino, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then stop by Jack Friedman Sandton City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg attractions tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Johannesburg. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect Johannesburg to be warmer, temps between 33°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Kruger National Park.
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Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums
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Kruger National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): hike along Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

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

You can fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Graskop.
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Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife · Parks
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Graskop — 1 night

Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Panorama Route as well as Lisbon Falls. On the 13th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Lisbon Falls and then take a memorable drive along Panorama Route.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Graskop tour planner.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Graskop in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Graskop can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Newcastle.
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Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive
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Newcastle — 1 night

Newcastle is the third-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, with a population of 363,236 citizens as of the 2011 census. You've now added Spioenkop Nature Reserve to your itinerary. On the 15th (Thu), stroll through Spioenkop Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Newcastle road trip website.

Getting from Graskop to Newcastle by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Durban.
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Durban — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Durban online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Durban takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Newcastle in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Durban, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grahamstown.
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Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Grahamstown — 4 nights

Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Change things up with these side-trips from Grahamstown: The Big Pineapple (in Bathurst), Hogsback (The Chocolate Shop, Hogsback Arboretum, &more) and Port Alfred (Kowie River, Fish River Lighthouse, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beachcomber Horse Trails, look and learn at Observatory Museum, and see the interesting displays at Provost Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grahamstown trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Durban to Grahamstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Elizabeth.
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Port Elizabeth — 16 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Addo Elephant National Park (Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre & Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo), Jeffreys Bay (Point Beach & Paradise Beach) and Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester). Spend the 25th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 26th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. There's much more to do: stroll through Hobie Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth online trip builder.

Drive from Grahamstown to Port Elizabeth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 1 night

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 8th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and then get great views at Cape Point. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and then enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town journey website.

You can fly from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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