31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
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Johannesburg
— Few hours
Fly:  3 h
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Bloemfontein
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 15 min
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Calvinia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
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Citrusdal
— 2 nights
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Citrusdal
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  14 h 30 min
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Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
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Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
10
Addo Elephant National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Cradock
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
East London
— 5 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
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Winburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: Johannesburg

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In January, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites
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Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein ©
Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bloemfontein trip maker website.

Getting from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, expect nights in Bloemfontein to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for Calvinia.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums Shopping
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Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery ©
Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery

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Calvinia

Calvinia
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. For maps and other tourist information, go to the Calvinia tour website .

Traveling by car from Hopetown to Calvinia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Calvinia can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Citrusdal.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks Nature Museums
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Citrusdal

Citrusdal ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pakhuis Pass.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Citrusdal online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Calvinia to Citrusdal takes 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calvinia in January: highs in Citrusdal hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for Citrusdal.

Things to do in Citrusdal

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pakhuis Pass
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Pakhuis Pass ©
Pakhuis Pass

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Citrusdal

Citrusdal
To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Citrusdal online road trip planner .

You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for Cape Town.

Things to do in Citrusdal

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island Museum and South African Jewish Museum. Get outdoors at Cape Point and Platteklip Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town day trip planning app .

Getting from Citrusdal to Cape Town by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Swellendam.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 31st (Fri), stroll through Marloth Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Bee Things, then get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Swellendam trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Swellendam takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Marloth Nature Reserve ©
Marloth Nature Reserve
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

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Mossel Bay

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then learn about winemaking at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, and then tee off at Pinnacle Point Golf Club.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Swellendam to Mossel Bay in 2 hours. In February in Mossel Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trip

Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
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Horseback Riding Tours
Pinnacle Point Golf Club ©
Pinnacle Point Golf Club
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room ©
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jandreart Studio and Holy Trinity Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Plettenberg Bay (Plettenvale Wines & St. Christopher Catholic Church) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and examine the collection at The Motorcycle Room.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Knysna travel site .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Visiting Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Take a break from Addo Elephant National Park with a short trip to Tolbos in Patensie, about 1h 30 min away.

To find maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Addo Elephant National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Addo Elephant National Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to Cradock.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, Tolbos
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Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

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Cradock

Cradock ©
Cradock is a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, in the upper valley of the Great Fish River, 250km by road northeast of Port Elizabeth. Get some historical perspective at Schreiner House Museum and St Peter's Church. Visiting Mountain Zebra National Park and Cat Conservation Trust will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cradock to Somerset East to see Walter Battiss Art Museum about 1h 05 min away.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cradock sightseeing planner.

Getting from Addo Elephant National Park to Cradock by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to East London.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Walter Battiss Art Museum
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Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
Cat Conservation Trust ©
Cat Conservation Trust
Schreiner House Museum ©
Schreiner House Museum

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East London

East London ©
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. Popular historic sites such as St John's Anglican Church and The Toposcope are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Nahoon Beach and Hogsback Arboretum. Explore East London's surroundings by going to St. Peter's Anglican Church (in Sidbury) and Fish River Lighthouse (in Port Alfred). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light, view the masterpieces at Ann Bryant Art Gallery, stroll through Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve, and see the interesting displays at East London Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our East London road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cradock to East London in 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in East London are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Winburg.

Things to do in East London

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Bathurst, St. Peter's Anglican Church, Fish River Lighthouse, Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve, Hogsback Arboretum
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Hogsback Arboretum ©
Hogsback Arboretum
St John's Anglican Church ©
St John's Anglican Church
Fish River Lighthouse ©
Fish River Lighthouse

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Winburg

Winburg ©
Winburg is a small mixed farming town in the Free State province of South Africa.It is the oldest proclaimed town (1837) in the Orange Free State, South Africa and thus along with Griquatown, one of the oldest settlements in South Africa located north of the Orange River.Winburg is situated midway between the Orange River and the Vaal River, adjacent to the N1 National Road and the N5 road National Road which links Cape Town to Johannesburg and Durban via N5 National Road to the N3 National Road respectively. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Winburg Voortrekker Monument and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Willem Pretorius Game Reserve.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Winburg road trip planning site .

You can drive from East London to Winburg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Winburg

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Willem Pretorius Game Reserve
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Winburg Voortrekker Monument ©
Winburg Voortrekker Monument

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