36 days in South Africa Itinerary

36 days in South Africa Itinerary

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36 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
2
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Tzaneen
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Durban
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
7
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h
10
Sun City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

4
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 Sandton to see Montecasino about 32 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, see human ingenuity at work at Alberts Farm, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gandhi Square, and try your luck at Gold Reef City.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Johannesburg. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Tours

Side Trips

Alberts Farm, Montecasino
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

6
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 7th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Napi Wilderness Trail, don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kruger National Park driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Tzaneen.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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hours
Tzaneen

Tzaneen ©
Tzaneen is a large tropical garden town situated in the Mopani District Municipality of the Limpopo province in South Africa. On the 12th (Mon), meet the residents at Agatha Crocodile Ranch and then make a trip to Sunland Baobab.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tzaneen visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Tzaneen takes 3 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 travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Tzaneen

Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kinyonga Reptile Center, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Tzaneen to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

4
nights
Nelspruit

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 Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Safaris). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. While traveling from Hoedspruit, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nelspruit, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Shautany Chocolatiers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris

2
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Durban

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.
On the 21st (Wed), make a splash at uShaka Marine World, then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Durban trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Nelspruit to Durban in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in March, expect Durban to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay), Birds of Eden (in The Crags) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail & Storms River Suspension Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bollard Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Knysna trip maker app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Knysna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durban in March: high temperatures in Knysna hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Plettenberg Bay
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): Head underground at The Cango Caves, then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, and then admire the landmark architecture of St Jude's Anglican Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip planner .

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trip

La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

7
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, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Cape of Good Hope, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, take a stroll through Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

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 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sun City.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
Sun City

Sun City ©
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Pilanesberg National Park. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Valley of Waves, stroll through Predator World, try your luck at Sun City Resort, and play a few rounds at The Palace of the Lost City.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Sun City online trip maker .

Getting from Cape Town to Sun City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Sun City can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sun City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Sun City Resort
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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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