60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
Sun City
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h
2
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Clanwilliam
— 6 nights
Drive:  7 h
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Knysna
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Swellendam
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Hermanus
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
9
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
10
St Lucia
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg

5
nights
Sun City

Sun City ©
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pilanesberg National Park and Valley of Waves. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sun City: Rustenburg (Paul Kruger Country House Museum & Zipline), Adventures with Elephants (in Bela Bela) and Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary (in Hartbeespoort). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukutula Lion Park and try your luck at Sun City Resort.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sun City route planning website .

Johannesburg to Sun City is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Sun City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rustenburg, Ukutula Conservation Center, Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, Adventures with Elephants
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:
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Adventures with Elephants ©
Adventures with Elephants
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Zipline

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Clifton Beaches and Bloubergstrand Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein), Franschhoek (The Franschhoek Motor Museum & Franschhoek Pass) and Stellenbosch (Wine Tours & Tastings & Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at District Six Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill, do a tasting at Vergelegen Estate, and stroll through Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cape Town tour planning site .

Getting from Sun City to Cape Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sun City in March, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Clanwilliam.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 4:
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
Wine Tours & Tastings

6
nights
Clanwilliam

Clanwilliam ©
Clanwilliam is a town in the Olifants River valley in the Western Cape, South Africa, about north of Cape Town. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Teubes Family Wine Cellar and Heerenlogement. Get out of town with these interesting Clanwilliam side-trips: Vanrhynspas (in Nieuwoudtville), Wine Estate - Fryer's Cove (in Doringbaai) and Cederberg (Stadsaal Caves & Cederberg Private Cellar). The adventure continues: hike along Sevilla Rock Art Trail, see the interesting displays at Clanwilliam Museum, stop by Rooibos Tea House, and head outdoors with Donkey Cart Adventures.

To find out how to plan a trip to Clanwilliam, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cape Town to Clanwilliam in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Cape Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Clanwilliam, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Clanwilliam

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cederberg, Teubes Family Wine Cellar, Wine Estate - Fryer's Cove, Vanrhynspas
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 10:
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Sevilla Rock Art Trail ©
Sevilla Rock Art Trail
Pakhuis Pass ©
Pakhuis Pass
Clanwilliam Museum ©
Clanwilliam Museum

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Desolation and Camdeboo National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Graaff-Reinet: Walter Battiss Art Museum (in Somerset East) and Cat Conservation Trust (in Cradock). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Graaff-Reinet trip planner.

Drive from Clanwilliam to Graaff-Reinet in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Walter Battiss Art Museum, Cat Conservation Trust
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Camdeboo National Park ©
Camdeboo National Park
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Knysna Lagoon. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, & more), Wilderness (Kaaiman's River, Wilderness Beach, & more) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Knysna tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 21:
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Swartberg Pass and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Mossel Bay (Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex & Santos beach), Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room (in Klein Brak River) and George (Outeniqua Transport Museum & St Mark's Cathedral). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, take a memorable drive along Bainskloof Pass, explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort, and learn about winemaking at Fernskloof Wines.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn online holiday builder .

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in April, Oudtshoorn is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, George, Jubilee Creek picnic site and walk, Fernskloof Wines, Meiringspoort
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 27:
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach

6
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and De Hoop Nature Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swellendam: De Hoop Whale Trail (in Bredasdorp), Arniston (Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, Seaside Dunes, & more) and Montagu (R 62 nel Klein Karoo & Olijvenhof Olive Estate). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Bontebok National Park. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Apostolic Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Swellendam online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arniston, Montagu, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, De Hoop Whale Trail
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 3:
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

7
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto Beach and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Betty's Bay (Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens & Stony Point Penguin Colony), Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in Cape Agulhas) and Stanford (Raka Wine & Phillipskop Mountain Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux, play a few rounds at Hermanus Golf Club, and stop by Funky Vibes.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hermanus trip itinerary website .

Getting from Swellendam to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Stanford, Betty's Bay, Cape Agulhas
Find places to stay May 3 — 10:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela), Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview) and Graskop (Delgoa Arts & Crafts, Panoramic Route Mpumalanga, & more). Spend the 15th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, meet the residents at Hippo Jessica, and look for gifts at Ponieskrantz.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hermanus in May: highs in Hoedspruit hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 14°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Graskop, Mpumalanga, Elephant Whispers, Safaris, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Find places to stay May 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

5
nights
St Lucia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Reefteach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St Lucia: Zamimpilo Community Market (in Ophondweni) and Pelican Island (in Richards Bay). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Heritage Tours & Safaris. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Mtuba Mall, look for gifts at Canerat Crafts, and explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the St Lucia holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hoedspruit to St Lucia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in May, you will find days in St Lucia are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Zamimpilo Community Market, Heritage Tours & Safaris, Reefteach, Mtuba Mall, Pelican Island
Find places to stay May 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris

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