40 days in South Africa Itinerary

40 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
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Durban
— 4 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 7th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, browse the exhibits of I was shot in Joburg, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and try your luck at Montecasino.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip maker site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Johannesburg is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Auckland to Johannesburg. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Johannesburg hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Side Trips

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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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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 (Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Sudwala Caves, &more) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). The adventure continues: stroll through Elephant Whispers, look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop, don't miss a visit to Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hazyview day trip tool.

Getting from Johannesburg to Hazyview by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Sudwala Dinosaur Park ©
Sudwala Dinosaur Park

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Safaris
Qualito Craft Distillery ©
Qualito Craft Distillery
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

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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 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 17th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
AM Spa Kruger ©
AM Spa Kruger

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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: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kruger National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 27:
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George), De Rust (Meiringspoort Waterfall & Meiringspoort) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online attractions planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree) and Knysna Heads (in Knysna). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden and indulge in some personalized pampering at Thai Massage Healing Hands.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Elizabeth side-trips: Port Alfred (Kowie River & Kelly's Beach), Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park) and Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester). Spend the 3rd (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Sardinia Bay Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral, and stroll through Hobie Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth trip builder site.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Kowie River ©
Kowie River
St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral ©
St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral

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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.
Durban is known for zoos & aquariums, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Umgeni River Bird Park, explore the galleries of Africa Art Gallery, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Durban attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Durban. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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