36 days in South Africa Itinerary

36 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tzaneen
Drive
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly
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Durban
— 2 nights
Fly
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Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly to Johannesburg, Shuttle to Sun City
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— 3 nights
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Johannesburg

— 4 nights

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 · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:

Kruger National Park

— 6 nights
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
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 12:

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.

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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

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:

Hoedspruit

— 4 nights
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 wildlife. 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 Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tzaneen to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:

Nelspruit

— 4 nights

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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

Durban

— 2 nights

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 bus. 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

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

Knysna

— 4 nights
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 Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail & Suspension Bridge), Birds of Eden (in The Crags) and Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay). 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 8 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:

Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

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 · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

Cape Town

— 7 nights

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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and admire all the interesting features of Cape Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in March, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°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 · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 3:

Sun City

— 3 nights
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 · Nature · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.