34 days in South Africa Itinerary

34 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Franschhoek
— 2 nights
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
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Swellendam
— 2 nights
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Mossel Bay
— 1 night
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 2 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
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Grahamstown
— 1 night
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Coffee Bay
— 2 nights
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Himeville
— 2 nights
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Pietermaritzburg
— 1 night
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve
— 1 night
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St Lucia
— 1 night
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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
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Cape Town — 4 nights

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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, whizz through the canopy at Abseil Africa, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Cape Town. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Franschhoek.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Franschhoek — 2 nights

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Eikehof, examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): do a tasting at Stony Brook Vineyards, then do a tasting at Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons Tasting Centre, then learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate, and finally see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Franschhoek using our trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Franschhoek in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Franschhoek can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.
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Hermanus — 2 nights

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip site.

You can drive from Franschhoek to Hermanus in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Swellendam.
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Swellendam — 2 nights

Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then do a tasting at Marbrin Olive Growers, then look for gifts at IBIS Gallery, and finally head outdoors with American Dream Cars. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along R 62 nel Klein Karoo and then stroll through De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Swellendam trip builder.

Drive from Hermanus to Swellendam in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mossel Bay.
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Mossel Bay — 1 night

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, hike along St. Blaize Trail, and then kick back and relax at Santos Beach.

Discover how to plan a Mossel Bay trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Swellendam to Mossel Bay in 2 hours. Traveling from Swellendam in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Mossel Bay. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.
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Oudtshoorn — 2 nights

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 12th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Redberry Farm and then relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Farm.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mossel Bay in July, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Oudtshoorn. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Knysna.
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Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Knysna — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mitchell's Brewery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea and then kick back and relax at Cola Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Knysna. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay — 2 nights

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.
On the 16th (Sat), stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and then stroll through The Dolphin Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Plettenberg Bay is just a short distance from Knysna. In July, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Port Elizabeth — 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth trip planning tool.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, Port Elizabeth is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Addo Elephant National Park.
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Addo Elephant National Park — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Addo Elephant National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Addo Elephant National Park sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Grahamstown.
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Grahamstown — 1 night

Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. On the 21st (Thu), appreciate the history behind 1820 Settlers National Monument and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Michael and St George.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grahamstown online holiday maker.

Getting from Addo Elephant National Park to Grahamstown by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Coffee Bay.
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Coffee Bay — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lubanzi Beach and then make a trip to Hole in the Wall.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Coffee Bay trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Grahamstown to Coffee Bay by car takes about 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Himeville.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Himeville — 2 nights

Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, approx 130 km from Pietermaritzburg. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Drakensberg Mountains.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Himeville holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Coffee Bay to Himeville in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Pietermaritzburg.
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Pietermaritzburg — 1 night

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Wylie Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pietermaritzburg attractions site.

You can drive from Himeville to Pietermaritzburg in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Zulu Croc Reptile Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emdoneni Cheetah project.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hluhluwe Game Reserve trip planner.

You can drive from Pietermaritzburg to Hluhluwe Game Reserve in 4 hours. Traveling from Pietermaritzburg in July, Hluhluwe Game Reserve is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to St Lucia.
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St Lucia — 1 night

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for gifts at Canerat Crafts, contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Mtuba Mall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocodile Centre St Lucia.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the St Lucia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hluhluwe Game Reserve to St Lucia in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg — 3 nights

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.
On the 29th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, then steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City and then don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg tour itinerary planning app.

You can fly from St Lucia to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

South Africa travel guide

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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.
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