57 days in South Africa Itinerary

57 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 7 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
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Hazyview
— 6 nights
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Durban
— 7 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
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Cape Town
— 12 nights
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Johannesburg

— 7 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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to The Cradle of Humankind (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), Pretoria (Pretoria National Botanical Garden & Voortrekker Monument) and 7th Heaven Scuba (in Krugersdorp). Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, try your luck at Montecasino, and make a trip to South Western Townships.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg online visit planner.

Paris, France to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Paris, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Museums · Casinos · Wildlife

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Kruger National Park

— 7 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.
Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 19th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park day trip website.

Fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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Hoedspruit

— 6 nights
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 (Safaris, Qualito Craft Distillery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit road trip tool.

You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

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Hazyview

— 6 nights
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery (in White River) and Nelspruit (Riverside Mall, Emnotweni Casino, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, steep yourself in history at Shangana Cultural Village, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and make a trip to Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hazyview day trip planning site.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Hoedspruit in November, plan for little chillier days in Hazyview, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Durban

— 7 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.
Explore Durban's surroundings by going to Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo) and Spas (in Ballito). And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban, enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Main Beach.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durban trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hazyview to Durban in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in December, Durban is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Plettenberg Bay

— 6 nights
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: Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park), The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, Waterfall Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Plettenberg Bay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in December, things will get slightly colder in Plettenberg Bay: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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Oudtshoorn

— 5 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Janine Iron and Washing Museum (in Hartenbos), Calitzdorp (Peter Bayly Wines, Rooiberg Pass, &more) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). The adventure continues: Head underground at Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn route planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

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Cape Town

— 12 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: The Stellenbosch Village Museum (in Stellenbosch), Afrikaans Language Monument (in Paarl) and Eikehof (in Franschhoek). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point.

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Traveling by flight from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

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South Africa travel guide

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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.