44 days in South Africa Itinerary

44 days in South Africa Itinerary

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44 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Durban
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Hazyview
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
7
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

6
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: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Point.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip planning app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cape Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in June; daily highs in Cape Town reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 5:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Birds of Eden, hike along Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, and don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

4
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), Wilderness (Perdepoort Horse Tails, Kaaiman's River, & more) and Cape Palette Art Gallery (in George). There's much more to do: Head underground at Cango Caves, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn online travel route planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 8°C in Oudtshoorn. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilderness, De Rust, Cape Palette Art Gallery, Umkhondo Big Five
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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: Boot Camp Durban (in Pinetown), Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and Ballito (Willard Beach & Holla Trails). And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, stroll through Harold Johnson Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Awesome Africa, and get your game on at Epic Karting Galleria.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Durban using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Durban in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Oudtshoorn in July; daily highs in Durban reach 27°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Ballito, Boot Camp Durban, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 20:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Zinkwazi Beach ©
Zinkwazi Beach

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sudwala Caves in Nelspruit (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hazyview journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Durban to Hazyview takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Durban in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hazyview, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sudwala Caves, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Safaris
Zipline
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

5
nights
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 (Safaris & Qualito Craft Distillery). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kinyonga Reptile Center, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

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 30th (Thu) 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, stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can 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

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg road trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Johannesburg. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Greater Johannesburg, Montecasino, Ukutula Conservation Center, Sterkfontein Cave
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 10:
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Safaris
Sterkfontein Cave ©
Sterkfontein Cave

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