43 days in South Africa Itinerary

43 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Durban
— 4 nights
2
Hazyview
— 4 nights
3
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
4
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
5
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
7
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
8
Swellendam
— 2 nights
9
Cape Town
— 10 nights

4
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.
Visit Umhlanga Main Beach and Willard Beach for some beach relaxation. Appreciate the collections at Aladdin's de-Light and Tatham Art Gallery. Explore Durban's surroundings by going to Watercrest Mall (in Waterfall), The Puzzle Place (in Botha's Hill) and Lillies Quarter (in Hillcrest). There's still lots to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Africa Art Gallery, and browse the different shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Durban road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Durban. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Watercrest Mall, Aladdin's de-Light, The Puzzle Place, Ballito Lifestyle Centre
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:
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Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Westville Junction ©
Westville Junction

4
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and Safaris. Shop till you drop at The White River Gallery and Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves & i'langa Mall) and Bagdad Farmers Market (in White River). There's lots more to do: stroll through Elephant Whispers, look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop, and contemplate the long history of Shangana Cultural Village.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hazyview itinerary planner.

Fly from Durban to Hazyview in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Durban in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hazyview, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nelspruit, White River
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
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The White River Gallery ©
The White River Gallery
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Safaris

5
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kingfisher Gallery or iNyoka Art Gallery. Visiting Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre will get you outdoors. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Amarula Lapa in Phalaborwa, approximately Phalaborwa away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, play a few rounds at Drakensig Golf Club, and get outside with Siyafunda Conservation.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit road trip planning app.

Getting from Hazyview to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:
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Safaris
Amarula Lapa ©
Amarula Lapa
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

6
nights
Kruger National Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Phuza Moya Private Game Reserve, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 13:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

5
nights
Johannesburg

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and Kim Sacks Gallery. Visit Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Nelson Mandela Foundation for their historical value. Spend the 15th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, explore the galleries of Standard Bank Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Bag Factory Artist Studios, and browse the different shops at 24 Boxes.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg road trip planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Art Eye Gallery, 24 Boxes
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

4
nights
Plettenberg Bay

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.
You'll explore and learn at Porcupine Ceramics and Palms Garden Square. Step out of the city life by going to Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Heads. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Waterfall Trail (in Tsitsikamma National Park), Bitou Art Gallery (in Storms River) and Knysna (Jandreart Studio & Garden Route National Park). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Plettenberg Bay trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, Palms Garden Square
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

2
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Cape Palette Art Gallery, thenstop by Peter Bayly Wines, thenview the masterpieces at Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, and finally take a memorable drive along Rooiberg Pass.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn journey maker app.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Cape Palette Art Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Cape Palette Art Gallery ©
Cape Palette Art Gallery

2
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, thenget engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, thentake in the exciting artwork at Hick's Art Gallery, and finally learn about winemaking at Fraai Uitzicht. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mildred's Chapelry, view the masterpieces at IBIS Gallery, thenexplore the galleries of Montagu Museum and Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Edna Fourie Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Swellendam online day trip planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swellendam

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Montagu, Edna Fourie Gallery, Fraai Uitzicht
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
Fraai Uitzicht ©
Fraai Uitzicht

10
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Noordhoek Beach. Get in touch with nature at Robben Island Museum and Clifton Beaches. Venture out of the city with trips to Franschhoek (Stony Brook Vineyards, First South African Perfume Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, hike along Platteklip Gorge, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cape Town online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Cape Town takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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