52 days in South Africa Itinerary

52 days in South Africa Itinerary

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52 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Cathkin Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Durban
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
7
Hazyview
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
9
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Cathkin Park: Monks Cowl (in Winterton), Maloti Drakensberg Park (in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park) and Ladysmith (Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve, Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project, & more).

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cathkin Park trip itinerary maker app .

Johannesburg to Cathkin Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ladysmith, Sani Pass, Maloti Drakensberg Park, Glen Garriff Conservation, Drakensberg Mountains
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:
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Drakensberg Boys Choir School ©
Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve ©
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam (in Tongaat), Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane) and Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach (in Margate). And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, have some family-friendly fun at Epic Karting Galleria, stroll through Harold Johnson Nature Reserve, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Durban sightseeing planner .

Drive from Cathkin Park to Durban in 2.5 hours. In April in Durban, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park, Harold Johnson Nature Reserve, Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach, KartingKZN Galleria
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 20:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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.
Explore Port Elizabeth's surroundings by going to Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo), Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park) and Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marks Congregational Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Sardinia Bay Beach, and stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth route builder app .

Getting from Durban to Port Elizabeth by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in April, expect Port Elizabeth to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wild Dreams Africa, Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 25:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Safaris

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, trek along Waterfall Trail, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and snap pictures at Suspension Bridge.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip planning app .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: Wilderness (Dolphin Point Lookout, Tiny Shop, & more), Fernskloof Wines (in Prince Albert) and Calitzdorp Museum (in Calitzdorp). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn holiday tool .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Oudtshoorn, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, Calitzdorp Museum, Fernskloof Wines, Lappiesbaai Beach
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planning tool .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. May in Cape Town sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay May 4 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, & more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Elephant Whispers, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hazyview online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Cape Town to Hazyview in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hazyview are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Zipline
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

5
nights
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.
Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation 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 22nd (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, trek along Mphongolo Backpacking Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay May 20 — 26:
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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in May, Johannesburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Montecasino, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Ukutula Conservation Center
Find places to stay May 26 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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