40 days in South Africa Itinerary

40 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 8 nights
Fly
5
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Bus
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Bela Bela
— 3 nights
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Port Elizabeth — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shamwari Game Reserve and Kragga Kamma Game Park. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Hobie Beach. Step out of Port Elizabeth to go to Jeffreys Bay and see Paradise Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and tour the pleasant surroundings at Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth online holiday planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Auckland to Port Elizabeth. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect nights in Port Elizabeth to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.
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Knysna — 4 nights

Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Escape the urban bustle at Garden Route National Park and Buffalo Bay. Kids will appreciate attractions like Radical Raptors and Knysna Lagoon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Elephant Sanctuary The Crags) and Wilderness (Dolphin Point Lookout & Parasailing & Paragliding). There's more to do: stroll through Brenton on Sea and admire the striking features of St George's Anglican Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna day trip tool.

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Knysna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Knysna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hermanus.
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Hermanus — 5 nights

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get outdoors at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grotto Beach and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay) and Dyer Island Cruises (in Gansbaai). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, look and learn at SANSA Space Science, and experience rural life at Klein River Cheese.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hermanus takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Hermanus are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Pisces Divers. Visiting Cape Point and Robben Island Museum will get you outdoors. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to West Coast National Park in West Coast National Park--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park — 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olifants Wilderness Trail and Sweni Wilderness Trail. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, trek along Bushmans Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Kruger National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Kruger National Park is somewhat warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Hoedspruit.
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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.
Bring the kids along to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Spas. Visiting Safaris and Siyafunda Conservation will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, play a few rounds at Drakensig Golf Club, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and revel in the low prices at Godding & Godding.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hazyview.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Safaris. Kids will appreciate attractions like Elephant Whispers and Zipline. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hazyview: Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela), Sudwala Caves (in Nelspruit) and Graskop (Lisbon Falls & Wonder View). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hazyview journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Hazyview takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in October, you will find days in Hazyview are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Bela Bela.
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Bela Bela — 3 nights

Taking a trip to Bela Bela allows visitors to enjoy mild weather and many hot springs.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Adventures with Elephants and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Loebies Gasteplaas. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Welgevonden Nature Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bela Bela trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hazyview to Bela Bela takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Hazyview in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bela Bela, with lows of 13°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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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