53 days in South Africa Itinerary

53 days in South Africa Itinerary

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53 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Cape Town
— 10 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 7 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
4
Hazyview
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Hoedspruit
— 7 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
6
Kruger National Park
— 8 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Johannesburg
— 8 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Kuwait City

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cape Town to Franschhoek to see First South African Perfume Museum about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, visit Abseil Africa, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town itinerary planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Cape Town is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City to Cape Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuwait City in June, with highs in Cape Town at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

First South African Perfume Museum
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail, Suspension Bridge, &more) and Knysna (Jandreart Studio, Knysna Heads, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cape Town in July since evenings lows in Plettenberg Bay dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 13:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Meiringspoort (in De Rust), George (Cape Palette Art Gallery, Redberry Farm, &more) and Wilderness (Tiny Shop, Perdepoort Horse Tails, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, admire all the interesting features of Rooiberg Pass, admire the striking features of St Jude's Anglican Church, and stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Oudtshoorn when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilderness, Calitzdorp, George, Meiringspoort
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 20:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to White River (Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery & Antiques & Artifacts) and Nelspruit (Joubert en Seuns Padstal, Sudwala Caves, &more). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Elephant Sanctuary, have fun at JW Shooting Range, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hazyview road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to Hazyview in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Nelspruit, White River, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

7
nights
Hoedspruit

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, Safaris, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit planner.

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Jul 25 — Aug 1:
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Safaris

8
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.
Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 3rd (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

8
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits), Pretoria (National Library of South Africa, Voortrekker Monument, &more) and Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Cradle of Humankind, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Johannesburg fast, fun, and easy.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in August since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Montecasino, Ukutula Conservation Center, Greenstone Mall
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 17:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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