60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Taxi:  15 h 45 min
1
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cape Town
— 10 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Nelspruit
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
9
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 30 min
10
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
11
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: New Delhi

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hermanus Cliff Path and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve), Iona Wine Farm (in Grabouw) and Swellendam (Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery & Drostdy Museum). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, explore the galleries of Lembu Gallery & Studio, do a tasting at Sumaridge Wine Estate, and take in nature's colorful creations at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus attractions planner.

New Delhi, India to Hermanus is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Hermanus is minus 3.5 hours. While traveling from New Delhi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hermanus, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Swellendam, Betty's Bay, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, Klipgat Caves, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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 off the beaten path and head to Platteklip Gorge and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Franschhoek (Glenwood Vineyards, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Company's Gardens, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and admire all the interesting features of Chapman's Peak Drive.

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Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Cape Town are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Wine Tours & Tastings, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 16:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Blaize Trail and Redberry Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: De Krans Wines (in Calitzdorp), De Rust (Meiringspoort & Meiringspoort Waterfall) and George (Outeniqua Transport Museum & Montagu Pass Old Toll House). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, learn about winemaking at Karusa Vineyards, look for gifts at Bella-Mia Pottery, and admire the striking features of St Jude's Anglican Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

De Rust, George, De Krans Wines, St. Blaize Trail
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St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

5
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 discover tucked-away gems like Gerickes Point and Plettenberg Beach. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Plett Puzzle Park (in Plettenberg Bay) and The Crags (Birds of Eden, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, play a few rounds at Simola Golf, examine the collection at The Motorcycle Room, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Knysna itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 26:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Gerickes Point ©
Gerickes Point
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Suspension Bridge and Otter Trail. On the 29th (Sun), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Waterfall Trail, view the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of St James the Great Anglican Church, stroll through Valley of Desolation, and then see the interesting displays at The Reinet House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Old Residency and then examine the collection at The Owl House.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Tsitsikamma National Park to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Owl House
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shamwari Game Reserve and Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Elizabeth: Shamrock Chapel (in Sunland), Paradise Beach (in Jeffreys Bay) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, get your game on at Kiddie Lovers Playground & Party Venue, stroll through Hobie Beach, and learn about winemaking at Theescombe Estate Wine Farm.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip planner.

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Shamrock Chapel
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Whispers and Lone Creek Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Perry's Bridge Reptile Park (in Hazyview), Mary Shire Falls (in Sabie) and Graskop (Graskop Gorge Lift Company & Lisbon Falls). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, buy something for everyone on your list at i'langa Mall, and examine the collection at Sudwala Dinosaur Park.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Port Elizabeth to Nelspruit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Dullstroom, Sabie, Graskop
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre ©
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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 12th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park online journey planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Mphongolo Backpacking Trail ©
Mphongolo Backpacking Trail

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Bourkes' Luck Potholes in Moremela, approximately Moremela away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hippo Jessica.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online road trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ukutula Conservation Center and South Western Townships. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary (in Hartbeespoort), Pretoria (National Library of South Africa, Pretoria National Botanical Garden, &more) and Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in Brits). There's much more to do: make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and laugh and play at Gold Reef City.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Parks Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Brits, Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, Lesedi Cultural Village
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Voortrekker Monument ©
Voortrekker Monument
Nelson Mandela Square ©
Nelson Mandela Square

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