45 days in South Africa Itinerary

45 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cape Town
— 10 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
5
Hazyview
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
7
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

10
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Stellenbosch--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, stop by Abseil Africa, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Cape Town is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in October, Cape Town is colder at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 28:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Fernskloof Wines (in Prince Albert), Meiringspoort (in De Rust) and Mossel Bay (Pinnacle Point Golf Club & Spas). There's much more to do: Head underground at Cango Caves, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, steep yourself in history at Arbeidsgenot, and explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, Rooiberg Pass, Fernskloof Wines, Meiringspoort
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

5
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail, Suspension Bridge, &more) and Knysna (Tony Cook Adventures & Knysna Heads). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, stop by La Carla Mask Atelier, and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

5
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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: Grahamstown (Cathedral of St Michael and St George & St Patrick's Catholic Church), Addo Elephant National Park (Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre & Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo) and Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

For reviews and tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth online travel planner.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Grahamstown, Addo Elephant National Park, Sundays River Mouth and Beach
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Cathedral of St Michael and St George
Cathedral of St Michael and St George
St Patrick's Catholic Church ©
St Patrick's Catholic Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stop by Katundo Leather Shop, stroll through Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Elephant Sanctuary, and then have fun at JWM Shooting Range.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip maker tool.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Hazyview by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Port Elizabeth in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Hazyview, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

JWM Shooting Range
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park ©
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa, Qualito Craft Distillery, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, and take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit travel planning tool.

Getting from Hazyview to Hoedspruit by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 20th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Mphongolo Backpacking Trail, don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip planning site.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

6
nights
Johannesburg

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Pretoria (National Library of South Africa, Union Buildings, &more), Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Ukutula Conservation Center, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Lion and Safari Park
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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