39 days in South Africa Itinerary

39 days in South Africa Itinerary

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39 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Durban
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
East London
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Port Elizabeth
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Cape Town
— 11 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Islamabad

9
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.
For shopping fun, head to Neighbourgoods Market or Rosebank Art & Craft Market. Take a break from the city and head to Ukutula Lion Park and Alberts Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument) and Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site). Spend the 12th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, and try to win big at Montecasino.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg vacation planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Islamabad to Johannesburg, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Islamabad in February; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Emperors Palace, Sterkfontein Cave, Ukutula Conservation Center
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 19:
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

6
nights
Durban

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding and Elizabeth Gordon Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Umhlanga Main Beach and Golden Mile. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Umkomaas), Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick) and Thompson's Bay Beach (in Ballito). There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, buy something for everyone on your list at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, and admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Durban. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to East London.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Thompson's Bay Beach, Piggly Wiggly Country Village, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Tala Private Game Reserve
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

5
nights
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. Take a break from the city and head to Nahoon Beach and Hogsback Arboretum. Get some cultural insight at Clumber Church and Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light. Venture out of the city with trips to Bathurst (St John's Anglican Church, The Toposcope, & more), Starways Pottery and Gallery (in Hogsback) and Port Alfred (Fish River Lighthouse & The Kowie Museum). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Hemingways Mall, see the interesting displays at East London Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Anglican Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our East London route builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Durban to East London. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in February, with highs in East London at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in East London

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bathurst, Port Alfred, Hogsback, Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve, St. Peter's Anglican Church
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Hogsback Arboretum ©
Hogsback Arboretum
Clumber Church ©
Clumber Church
St John's Anglican Church ©
St John's Anglican Church

6
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 in touch with nature at Shamwari Game Reserve and Safaris. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paradise Beach and Seal Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant National Park (in Addo Elephant National Park), Daniell Cheetah Project (in Kirkwood) and Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, meet the residents at Bayworld, enjoy the sea views from Seal Point Lighthouse, and explore and take pictures at South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from East London to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Seal Point, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Daniell Cheetah Project, Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Paradise Beach
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©

11
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Groot Constantia and Robben Island Museum will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Greenmarket Square and Shimansky Jewellers. Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 18th (Mon) with a shark diving experience. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

First South African Perfume Museum, Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 19:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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