42 days in South Africa Itinerary

42 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 9 nights
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Durban
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 5 nights

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Plettenberg Bay

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), Knysna Heads (in Knysna) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Otter Trail, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Birds of Eden, relax and rejuvenate at Forest Nature Spa, learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, and play a few rounds at Knysna Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay travel planner.

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in February, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Oudtshoorn

Ostrich Capital of the World

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Venture out of the city with trips to George (Dutch Reformed Mother Church, George Golf Club, &more), Meiringspoort (in De Rust) and Roger Young Gallery (in Calitzdorp). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, cruise along Swartberg Pass, learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, and explore the activities along Wilderness Lagoon.

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Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:

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Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Franschhoek (Kim Donaldson Gallery, Stony Brook Vineyards, &more), Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay) and Swellendam (Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, Drostdy Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, view the masterpieces at Lembu Gallery & Studio, and do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus route planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:

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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, trek along Platteklip Gorge, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and kick your exploration up a notch at Abseil Africa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town holiday planning tool.

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 February in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 27:

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Durban

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.
Step out of Durban to go to Ballito and see Spas, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile, and browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Durban online trip maker.

You can fly from Cape Town to Durban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cape Town in February since evenings lows in Durban dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Kruger National Park

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.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 7th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and relax and rejuvenate at AM Spa Kruger.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Kruger National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in March, Kruger National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa) and Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary & Safaris). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit online visit planner.

You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In March in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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Johannesburg

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.
Spend the 15th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

For photos and tourist information, use the Johannesburg holiday planner.

Fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Tours

Side Trips

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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.