36 days in South Africa Itinerary

36 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
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Tzaneen
— Few hours
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Nelspruit
— 4 nights
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Durban
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 4 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
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Sun City
— 3 nights

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Johannesburg

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.
Spend the 5th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gandhi Square, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and admire the majestic nature at Alberts Farm.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg tour itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Johannesburg. In March, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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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 7th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. You will leave for Tzaneen on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail

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Tzaneen

Tzaneen ©
Tzaneen is a large tropical garden town situated in the Mopani District Municipality of the Limpopo province in South Africa. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Agatha Crocodile Ranch and then don't miss a visit to Sunland Baobab.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tzaneen vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Tzaneen in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Tzaneen

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

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Agatha Crocodile Ranch ©
Agatha Crocodile Ranch
Sunland Baobab ©
Sunland Baobab

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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.
Hoedspruit is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kinyonga Reptile Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit road trip planning website.

You can drive from Tzaneen to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. In March in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Safaris). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, stop by Shautany Chocolatiers, and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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Durban

Durban ©

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.
On the 21st (Wed), kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach and then catch a live event at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durban trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, Durban is somewhat warmer than Nelspruit - with highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay), Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail & Suspension Bridge) and Birds of Eden (in The Crags). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, stroll through Brenton on Sea, and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Knysna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durban in March; daily highs in Knysna reach 27°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): Head underground at Cango Caves, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then admire the striking features of St Jude's Anglican Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn road trip planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in March, expect nights in Oudtshoorn to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©

Mother City

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: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, stroll through Cape Point, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oudtshoorn in March: highs in Cape Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sun City.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 3:
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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Sun City

Sun City ©
Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Pilanesberg National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sun City trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cape Town to Sun City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sun City

Parks · Wildlife · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
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Pilanesberg National Park ©
Pilanesberg National Park
Valley of Waves ©
Valley of Waves
The Palace of the Lost City ©
The Palace of the Lost City

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