48 days in Africa Itinerary

48 days in Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Inhaca, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 5 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Underberg, South Africa
— 1 night
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Cathkin Park, South Africa
— 1 night
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
— 2 nights
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East London, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 6 nights

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.
You've added Statue of Nelson Mandela, Fort Schanskop, Melrose House, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary and Lion and Safari Park. Apartheid Museum and Lindfield Victorian House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Pretoria (Sammy Marks House & Kruger House Museum), Horseback Riding Tours (in Hartbeespoort) and Nan Hua Temple (in Bronkhorstspruit). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, examine the collection at Satyagraha House, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg online visit planner.

Newark, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Johannesburg, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Johannesburg, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 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.
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Letaba Elephant Hall and Masorini Archaeological Site. Explore Kruger National Park's surroundings by going to Hoedspruit (Godding & Godding, Safaris, &more) and Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park holiday planning website.

Fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tofo.
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Tofo, Mozambique — 2 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
On the 18th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Massagem Tropical. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation, then kick back and relax at Barra Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

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Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Tofo takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Kruger National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tofo, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Inhaca.
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Inhaca, Mozambique — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Portuguese Island.

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Fly from Tofo to Inhaca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Inhaca can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Maputo.
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Maputo, Mozambique — 4 nights

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
You've now added Bilene to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Paroquia Santo Antonio and Praca Independence Praça da Independência. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo and National Money Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Fortaleza of Maputo, get a new perspective on things with Mozambique Scuba, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Costa do Sol.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Maputo holiday site.

Getting from Inhaca to Maputo by ferry takes about 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Maputo can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mbabane.
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Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 5 nights

Although attractions in Mbabane itself remain scarce, this capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland provides a picturesque setting, pleasant weather, and plenty of amenities for tourists exploring the nation's mountains, forests, and valleys.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lion Cavern, Malolotja Nature Reserve, Sheba's Breast Mountain, and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mantenga Cultural Village and Bulembu museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum and Tintsaba Crafts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mbabane: Nsangwini Bushman Paintings (in Piggs Peak) and Ezulwini (Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary & Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Sibebe Rock, steep yourself in history at Ngwenya Mine, relax and rejuvenate at Camelot Spa at The Royal Swazi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Cathedral.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mbabane journey planner.

Traveling by car from Maputo to Mbabane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Maputo in September, Mbabane is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Durban.
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Durban, South Africa — 6 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes KwaZulu-Natal Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Comrades Marathon House and Phansi Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple and Mini Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Pietermaritzburg (Albert Falls Game Reserve & African Bird of Prey Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of West Street Mosque, cast your line with a fishing tour, and stroll through Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Durban trip builder.

Getting from Mbabane to Durban by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Durban when traveling from Mbabane in September, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Underberg.
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Underberg, South Africa — 1 night

Underberg is an administrative town in a dairy and cattle farming community in the Mzimkulu River valley of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 6th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of The Himeville Museum, then surround yourself with nature on Birds and Beyond, and then explore the galleries of Underberg Studio.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Underberg trip maker tool.

You can drive from Durban to Underberg in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Cathkin Park.
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Cathkin Park, South Africa — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Drakensberg Boys Choir School, then trek along Monks Cowl, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Drakensberg Brewery.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cathkin Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Underberg to Cathkin Park in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Maseru.
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Maseru, Lesotho — 1 night

Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ha Kome Cave Houses as well as Maletsunyane Falls Semonkong. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Maletsunyane Falls Semonkong, steep yourself in history at Ha Kome Cave Houses, admire the engineering at Katse Dam, then take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, then explore the galleries of National Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Maseru trip planner.

Getting from Cathkin Park to Maseru by car takes about 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Maseru can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bloemfontein.
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Bloemfontein, South Africa — 3 nights

City of Roses

Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J. R. R. Tolkien, Bloemfontein blends a variety of African and European cultures, creating an environment suited for both business and leisure.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Big Hole. Anglo Boer War Museum and Queen's Fort Military Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Attractions like Oliewenhuis Art Museum and Gallery on Leviseur make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Bloemfontein to Winburg to see Winburg Concentration Camp Cemetery about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at South African Armour Museum, browse the exhibits of Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery, stroll through Zanchieta Wildlife Rescue Centre & Lodge, and get a sense of history and politics at Fourth Raadsaal.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bloemfontein trip builder tool.

Drive from Maseru to Bloemfontein in 2 hours. When traveling from Maseru in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Bloemfontein, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Graaff-Reinet.
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Graaff-Reinet, South Africa — 2 nights

Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Valley of Desolation as well as Camdeboo National Park. On the 12th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Camdeboo National Park, explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum, then explore the world behind art at Bushman Heritage Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Bushman Heritage Musuem, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieu Bethesda Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St James the Great Anglican Church, then see the interesting displays at Urquhart House Museum, and finally examine the collection at Old Residency.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Graaff-Reinet road trip website.

You can drive from Bloemfontein to Graaff-Reinet in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to East London.
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East London, South Africa — 2 nights

East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. East London Zoo has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at East London Zoo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve, and then take an in-depth tour of Steve Biko Centre. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Cintsa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gonubie Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our East London online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to East London takes 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in East London are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Elizabeth.
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa — 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Garden Route National Park, Wacky Waterpark and Paradise Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa and South African Air Force Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore South End Museum and No 7 Castle Hill Museum. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sardinia Bay Beach, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, trek along Donkin Heritage Trail, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Elizabeth road trip planning tool.

Drive from East London to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Port Elizabeth are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Drakensberg Region travel guide

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A vacation in the Drakensberg Region puts you in a World Heritage-listed mountainous wilderness, where painted rock art remains as the legacy of the San people, or Bushmen. The region's name comes from Dutch and means "mountains of dragons," because the tips of the mountains form the scales of legendary European monsters believed to reside there. Things to do in Drakensberg include hiking various trails through the cliffs, camping in ancient caves, and outdoor activities such as rappelling, rock climbing, and ice climbing in winter--just be sure you register with the mountain rescue service.
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