59 days in South Africa Itinerary

59 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
2
Pretoria
— 5 nights
3
Polokwane
— 1 night
4
Nelspruit
— 5 nights
5
Durban
— 6 nights
6
Cathkin Park
— 2 nights
7
Port Elizabeth
— 6 nights
8
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
9
Knysna
— 6 nights
10
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
11
Cape Town
— 9 nights
12
Kimberley
— 2 nights
13
Bloemfontein
— 3 nights
14
Potchefstroom
— 2 nights

5
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.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to The Cradle of Humankind in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 2nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, try to win big at Montecasino, and steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg online sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pretoria.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Greenstone Mall, The Cradle of Humankind, Jack Friedman Eastgate, SA Trails, Montecasino
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

5
nights
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom), Walking tours (in Kruger National Park) and Adventures with Elephants (in Bela Bela). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Mon) at Valley of Waves. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, stop by Teestube, explore by horseback at Horseback Africa, and stroll through Ukutula Conservation Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Pretoria trip planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Pretoria by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Pretoria, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Polokwane.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ukutula Conservation Center, Lion and Safari Park, Walking tours, Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park, Adventures with Elephants
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
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Adventures with Elephants ©
Adventures with Elephants
Walking tours
Voortrekker Monument ©
Voortrekker Monument

1
night
Polokwane

Polokwane ©
Polokwane, meaning "Place of Safety" in Northern Sotho, is a city in the Polokwane Local Municipality and the capital of the Limpopo province, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): examine the collection at Bakone Malapa Open-Air Museum and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of the North.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Polokwane itinerary planning website.

Drive from Pretoria to Polokwane in 3 hours. Traveling from Pretoria in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Polokwane, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Polokwane

Shopping Museums
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Mall of the North ©
Mall of the North

5
nights
Nelspruit

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nelspruit: Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Katundo Leather Shop), Kruger National Park (Safaris & Napi Wilderness Trail) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and browse the fresh offerings at Bagdad Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit day trip planning app.

Drive from Polokwane to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. January in Nelspruit sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Hazyview, Bagdad Farmers Market
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: Bosch Hoek Golf Club (in Balgowan) and Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane). There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, trek along Monks Cowl, explore the galleries of Makiwa Gallery, and stroll around Umgeni River Bird Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Durban trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Nelspruit in January, Durban is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cathkin Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Monks Cowl, La Lucia Mall, Bosch Hoek Golf Club, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 23:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park ©
On the 24th (Sun), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drakensberg Brewery, thentake in the awesome beauty at Maloti Drakensberg Park, and then stroll through Highmoor Nature Reserve. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Drakensberg Mountains and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Drakensberg Boys Choir School.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Cathkin Park trip planner.

You can drive from Durban to Cathkin Park in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, Drakensberg Mountains
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
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Drakensberg Boys Choir School ©
Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park
Drakensberg Mountains ©
Drakensberg Mountains

6
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Elizabeth side-trips: Addo Elephant National Park (Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre & Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo). Spend the 26th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sardinia Bay Beach, view the masterpieces at Ron Belling Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Hobie Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marks Congregational Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Cathkin Park to Port Elizabeth in 11.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Addo Elephant National Park
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Ron Belling Art Gallery ©
Ron Belling Art Gallery

3
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Tsitsikamma National Park is known for adventure, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Suspension Bridge, hike along Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, stroll through Waterfall Trail, and head outdoors with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip planning app.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
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Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

6
nights
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.
Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, &more), Plettenberg Bay (St. Christopher Catholic Church, Robberg Nature Reserve, &more) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's much more to do: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and head outdoors with Tony Cook Adventures.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Knysna online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Knysna are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 9:
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: De Rust (Meiringspoort Waterfall & Meiringspoort), Janine Iron and Washing Museum (in Hartenbos) and ReedValley (in Mossel Bay). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Cango Caves, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, get outside with Waterval Rust en Vrede, and stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn holiday maker app.

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

De Rust, Mossel Bay
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

9
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town attractions app.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. February in Cape Town sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 21:
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, and then examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre and then witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Kimberley road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Town to Kimberley. When traveling from Cape Town in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Kimberley, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
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The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
Magersfontein Battlefield ©
Magersfontein Battlefield
William Humphreys Art Gallery ©
William Humphreys Art Gallery

3
nights
Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein ©
Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J.
Bloemfontein is known for museums, fun & games, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anglo Boer War Museum, admire the natural beauty at Free State National Botanical Garden, explore the galleries of Gallery on Leviseur, and buy something for everyone on your list at Loch Logan Waterfront.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bloemfontein day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kimberley to Bloemfontein in 2 hours. In February in Bloemfontein, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Potchefstroom.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums Shopping Parks
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
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Anglo Boer War Museum ©
Anglo Boer War Museum
Oliewenhuis Art Museum ©
Oliewenhuis Art Museum
The National Museum ©
The National Museum

2
nights
Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom ©
Potchefstroom is an academic city in the North West Province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio and then make a trip to Vredefort Dome.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Potchefstroom trip builder app.

Getting from Bloemfontein to Potchefstroom by car takes about 3.5 hours. In February in Potchefstroom, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Potchefstroom

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Parys
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:
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Vredefort Dome ©
Vredefort Dome
Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio ©
Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio
MooiRivier Mall ©
MooiRivier Mall

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