39 days in South Africa Itinerary

39 days in South Africa Itinerary

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39 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Winterton
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Himeville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
St Lucia
— 5 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Durban
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Port Elizabeth
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Cape Town
— 9 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

6
nights
Johannesburg

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Pretoria (Union Buildings, National Library of South Africa, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Cradle of Humankind, admire all the interesting features of Constitution Hill, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg vacation planning site .

London, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 2 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Johannesburg at 33°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Winterton.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, The Cradle of Humankind, Blue Ocean VR, Amatuli Artefacts, Ukutula Conservation Center
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 28:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

2
nights
Winterton

Winterton ©
Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 29th (Wed), trek along Monks Cowl, then look for gifts at Sandra se Winkel, and then get engrossed in the history at Negosie Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Dragon Rock Reptile Centre, take in the architecture and design of Drakensberg Boys Choir School, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drakensberg Brewery.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Winterton itinerary planner.

You can drive from Johannesburg to Winterton in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Himeville.

Things to do in Winterton

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cathkin Park, Monks Cowl
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
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Drakensberg Boys Choir School ©
Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Dragon Rock Reptile Centre ©
Dragon Rock Reptile Centre
Drakensberg Brewery ©
Drakensberg Brewery

2
nights
Himeville

Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, approx 130 km from Pietermaritzburg. On the 31st (Fri), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Himeville Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Drakensberg Mountains, and then take in the exciting artwork at Underberg Studio.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Himeville sightseeing website .

You can drive from Winterton to Himeville in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Himeville

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Underberg, Drakensberg Mountains
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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Off-Road Tours
Drakensberg Mountains ©
Drakensberg Mountains
The Himeville Museum ©
The Himeville Museum

5
nights
St Lucia

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near St Lucia: Mkuze (Zimanga Private Game Reserve & Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve), Zamimpilo Community Market (in Ophondweni) and Tunga Needlework Studio (in Hluhluwe). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get to know the resident critters at Bayete Zulu, and look for gifts at Canerat Crafts.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our St Lucia trip planner .

You can drive from Himeville to St Lucia in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mkuze, Mtuba Mall, Tunga Needlework Studio, Zamimpilo Community Market, Bayete Zulu
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:
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Bhangazi Horse Safaris ©
Bhangazi Horse Safaris
Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

7
nights
Durban

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach (in Margate), Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Port Shepstone). And it doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, try your luck at Giba Gorge Horse Trails, make a splash at Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from St Lucia to Durban in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach, River Rafting & Tubing, Makiwa Gallery, Stormy Hill Trails & Tails
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 13:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

6
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Elizabeth: Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester), Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park) and Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery, and get outside with Wild Dreams Africa.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth day trip planner.

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durban in February: high temperatures in Port Elizabeth hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Wild Dreams Africa, Sundays River Mouth and Beach, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Cathedral of St Michael and St George
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 19:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Safaris

9
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to First South African Perfume Museum in Franschhoek--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, trek along Platteklip Gorge, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, First South African Perfume Museum
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 28:
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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