59 days in South Africa Itinerary

59 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Potchefstroom
— 2 nights
2
Bloemfontein
— 3 nights
3
Kimberley
— 4 nights
4
Cape Town
— 14 nights
5
Port Elizabeth
— 7 nights
6
Himeville
— 1 night
7
Winterton
— 2 nights
8
Durban
— 7 nights
9
Nelspruit
— 7 nights
10
Polokwane
— 4 nights
11
Johannesburg
— 6 nights

2
nights
Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom ©
Potchefstroom is an academic city in the North West Province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): experience rural life at Oppie Plaas Parys and then explore the striking landscape at Vredefort Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Bon-Af Berry Farm, thenlook for gifts at Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio, thendon't miss a visit to Mariaan Kotze Gallery and Art Studio, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Dell Cheetah Centre.

Plan a Potchefstroom trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Pretoria to Potchefstroom is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. While traveling from Pretoria, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Potchefstroom, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Potchefstroom

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Parys, Mariaan Kotze Gallery and Art Studio
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
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Vredefort Dome ©
Vredefort Dome
Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio ©
Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio
Bon-Af Berry Farm ©
Bon-Af Berry Farm

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: take an in-depth tour of Anglo Boer War Museum, examine the collection at The National Museum, explore the galleries of Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery, and buy something for everyone on your list at Loch Logan Waterfront.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bloemfontein trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Potchefstroom to Bloemfontein takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Bloemfontein are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
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Oliewenhuis Art Museum ©
Oliewenhuis Art Museum
Anglo Boer War Museum ©
Anglo Boer War Museum
The National Museum ©
The National Museum

4
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.
Kimberley is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole, view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, and witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kimberley trip planner.

You can drive from Bloemfontein to Kimberley in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
William Humphreys Art Gallery ©
William Humphreys Art Gallery

14
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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: Franschhoek (Stony Brook Vineyards, First South African Perfume Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and admire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cape Town holiday builder site.

Explore your travel options from Kimberley to Cape Town with the Route module. When traveling from Kimberley in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Find places to stay Jan 24 — Feb 7:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

7
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: Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park) and Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester). Spend the 8th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. Spend the 9th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Hobie Beach, deepen your understanding at Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, steep yourself in history at Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial, and browse the exhibits of Ron Belling Art Gallery.

Make your Port Elizabeth itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Himeville.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Sundays River Mouth and Beach
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
St Marks Congregational Church ©
St Marks Congregational Church

1
night
Himeville

Himeville ©
Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, approx 130 km from Pietermaritzburg. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of The Himeville Museum, relax in the rural setting at River Glen Farm Cheese, thenlook for gifts at Underberg Cheesery, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Himeville driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Elizabeth to Himeville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Winterton.

Things to do in Himeville

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Underberg
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
The Himeville Museum ©
The Himeville Museum
Underberg Cheesery ©
Underberg Cheesery

2
nights
Winterton

Winterton ©
Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 17th (Wed), do a tasting at Cathedral Peak Wine Estate, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Sandra se Winkel. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Dragon Rock Reptile Centre, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Drakensberg Mountains, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Drakensberg Brewery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Winterton holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Himeville to Winterton takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Winterton

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Drakensberg Mountains, Drakensberg Brewery
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Drakensberg Mountains ©
Drakensberg Mountains
Dragon Rock Reptile Centre ©
Dragon Rock Reptile Centre
Drakensberg Brewery ©
Drakensberg Brewery

7
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.
Durban is known for zoos & aquariums, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, buy something for everyone on your list at Westville Junction, stroll around Umgeni River Bird Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durban road trip site.

Traveling by car from Winterton to Durban takes 2.5 hours. In February in Durban, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga Beach, La Lucia Mall
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

7
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 Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela), Kruger National Park (Safaris & Napi Wilderness Trail) and Krugerhof Museum (in Waterval Boven). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Elephant Sanctuary, enjoy some diversion at JWM Shooting Range, pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lone Creek Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nelspruit, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Durban to Nelspruit by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durban in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nelspruit, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Polokwane.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

White River, Hazyview, Sabie, Graskop, Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 4:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

4
nights
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. Explore Polokwane's surroundings by going to Haenertsburg (Zwakala Brewery, Haenertsburg Cemetery, &more) and Tzaneen (Debengeni Waterfall & Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of the North, don't miss a visit to Sunland Baobab, and stroll through Polokwane Game Reserve.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Polokwane day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Polokwane in 4.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Polokwane

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Haenertsburg, Tzaneen, Sunland Baobab
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Debengeni Waterfall ©
Debengeni Waterfall
Mall of the North ©
Mall of the North
Zwakala Brewery ©
Zwakala Brewery

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Broederstroom to see Lion and Safari Park about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, try your luck at Montecasino, and get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg road trip planning app.

Getting from Polokwane to Johannesburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sandton, Lion and Safari Park, Emperors Palace, Greenstone Mall, Jack Friedman Eastgate
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

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