39 days in South Africa Itinerary

39 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
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Cape Town
— 8 nights
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 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 2nd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg tour site.

Polokwane to Johannesburg is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Museums · Casinos · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©

Windy City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park), Adrenalin Addo Adventure Park (in Sundays River Valley) and Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown). Spend the 7th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. There's lots more to do: push the limits with Afroventures Tours & Safaris, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marks Congregational Church, stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, and contemplate the long history of Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Elizabeth: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Afroventures Tours & Safaris ©
Afroventures Tours & Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

4
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 13th (Sun), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. There's lots more to do: push the limits with Face Adrenalin, get outside with Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, trek along Waterfall Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Otter Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tsitsikamma National Park holiday maker tool.

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours ©
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: Knysna (Knysna Elephant Park & Knysna Heads), Wilderness (Dolphin Point Lookout & Tiny Shop) and Sedgefield (Cloud 9 Lookout, FlyTime Paragliding South Africa, &more). The adventure continues: Head underground at Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Oudtshoorn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

8
nights
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: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip maker site.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Cape Town

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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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 Hazyview's surroundings by going to Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Lowveld National Botanical Garden, &more). Spend the 26th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with Private Kruger Safaris. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hazyview online holiday planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Hazyview in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hazyview can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Private Kruger Safaris ©
Private Kruger Safaris
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Phalaborwa to see Amarula Lapa about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, take an exotic tour of Toro River Lodges, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip planner.

Drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Amarula Lapa ©
Amarula Lapa
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

5
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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 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 5th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
AM Spa Kruger ©
AM Spa Kruger

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