43 days in South Africa Itinerary

43 days in South Africa Itinerary

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43 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Lilongwe
Fly:  10​h
St Lucia
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Hazyview
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Sun City
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Kimberley
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hermanus
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Knysna
— 8 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Lilongwe

3
days
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.
Kids will enjoy Heritage Tours & Safaris and iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Canerat Crafts. Step out of St Lucia with an excursion to Zamimpilo Community Market in Ophondweni--about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: browse the different shops at Mtuba Mall.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our St Lucia online trip planner .

Lilongwe, Malawi to St Lucia is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Lilongwe in May, expect nights in St Lucia to be a bit warmer, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Heritage Tours & Safaris, Mtuba Mall, Zamimpilo Community Market
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris

6
days
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.
Head to Kumbaya Home Decor and Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shopfor some retail therapy. Kids will appreciate attractions like Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Tshokwane Picnic Site, Napi Wilderness Trail, & more) and Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge, and take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

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Getting from St Lucia to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from St Lucia in June, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Hoedspruit. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Amarula Lapa
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Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre ©
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Bagdad Farmers Market and then stroll through Elephant Whispers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hazyview trip planner .

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Hazyview are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Sun City.

Things to do in Hazyview

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Bagdad Farmers Market
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

3
days
Sun City

Sun City ©
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pilanesberg National Park and Paul Kruger Country House Museum. Take a break from Sun City with a short trip to Zipline in Rustenburg, about 30 minutes away. There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Mphebatho Cultural Museum & Moruleng Cultural Precinct.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hazyview to Sun City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hazyview in June since evenings lows in Sun City dip to 4°C. On the 15th (Fri), you're off toKimberley.

Things to do in Sun City

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Rustenburg, Mphebatho Cultural Museum & Moruleng Cultural Precinct
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Pilanesberg National Park ©
Pilanesberg National Park
Zipline

2
days
Kimberley

Kimberley ©
As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at McGregor Museum, then view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Duggan Cronin Gallery. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole Kimberley, get outside with Felidae Centre, and then examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimberley trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sun City to Kimberley takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Sun City in June, plan for slightly colder days in Kimberley, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kimberley

#Museums, #Shopping, #Outdoors
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The Big Hole Kimberley ©
The Big Hole Kimberley
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
William Humphreys Art Gallery ©
William Humphreys Art Gallery

8
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Biscuit Mill and Bloubergstrand Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boschendal Wine Estate and !Khwa ttu. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Darling Olives (in Darling) and Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch). There's much more to do: stroll through Boulders Beach, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and head off the coast to Robben Island.

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Explore your travel options from Kimberley to Cape Town with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Kimberley in June, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

!Khwa ttu, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, Boschendal Wine Estate, Darling Olives
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

6
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step out of the city life by going to Grotto Beach and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and Millstone Pottery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Montagu (IBIS Gallery & Hick's Art Gallery). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, look for gifts at Quirk & Leopard, take in the exciting artwork at Rossouw Modern Art, and do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus online trip maker .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Stanford, Montagu, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Millstone Pottery
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

1
day
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas in 2 hours. In July in Cape Agulhas, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

8
days
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Shop till you drop at Mosaic Outdoor Market and The Potter. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness), The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, & more) and La Carla Mask Atelier (in Plettenberg Bay). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, hunt for treasures at Outeniqua Farmers' Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

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Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cape Agulhas in July, Knysna is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Outeniqua Farmers' Market, Meiringspoort, Wilderness Beach
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Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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