60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  18​h
1
Johannesburg
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hazyview
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Durban
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Port Elizabeth
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Oudtshoorn
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

7
nights
Johannesburg

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Incendo Distillery (in Hartbeespoort), Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Pretoria (National Library of South Africa, Voortrekker Monument, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, explore and take pictures at Constitution Hill, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip tool .

Helsinki, Finland to Johannesburg is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 33°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Pretoria, Greater Johannesburg, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Ukutula Conservation Center, Emperors Palace
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 9:
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

7
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 11th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, trek along Lonely Bull Trail, stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail, and see human ingenuity at work at Klaserie Dam.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 16:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

6
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.
Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery, Amarula Lapa, & more). There's much more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, and take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit road trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 22:
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Spas
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, stop by Katundo Leather Shop, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip builder tool .

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Safaris

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Willard Beach (in Ballito), Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World, and ride a horse along Stormy Hill Trails & Tails.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Durban trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hazyview in December since evenings lows in Durban dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Makiwa Gallery, Umhlanga Beach, Willard Beach, KartingKZN Galleria, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Elizabeth: Liquid Lines (in Cape St Francis), Grahamstown (Cathedral of St Michael and St George & St Patrick's Catholic Church) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, hike along Chokka Trail, and take in the exciting artwork at Ron Belling Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth vacation planning site .

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in January, with highs in Port Elizabeth at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Liquid Lines, Kariega Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 8:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Safaris

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Storms River (The Dolphin Trail & River Rafting & Tubing) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, and hike along Waterfall Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip builder .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, Storms River
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Meiringspoort (in De Rust), George (Outeniqua Transport Museum, Cape Palette Art Gallery, & more) and Fernskloof Wines (in Prince Albert). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach, and experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn visit planner.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

George, Wilderness, De Rust, Barrydale, Fernskloof Wines
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

8
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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip site .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 28:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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