31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— Few hours
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Bloemfontein
— 1 night
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Calvinia
— 1 night
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Citrusdal
— 2 nights
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Citrusdal
— 1 night
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Swellendam
— 2 nights
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Mossel Bay
— 1 night
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Knysna
— 4 nights
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 3 nights
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Cradock
— 3 nights
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East London
— 5 nights
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Winburg
— 2 nights

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©

City of Light

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): contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Johannesburg

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Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein ©

City of Roses

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 see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bloemfontein trip maker website.

Getting from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein by flight takes about 3.5 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

Shopping · Museums
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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. Plan my trip to Calvinia with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Bloemfontein to Calvinia takes 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You will leave for Citrusdal on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
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Citrusdal

Citrusdal ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pakhuis Pass.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Citrusdal online road trip planner.

Drive from Calvinia to Citrusdal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calvinia in January: highs in Citrusdal hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Citrusdal.

Things to do in Citrusdal

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Pakhuis Pass ©
Pakhuis Pass

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Citrusdal

Citrusdal
For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Citrusdal journey maker tool.

On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cape Town.

Things to do in Citrusdal

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
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Cape Town

Cape Town ©

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Museum-lovers will get to explore District Six Museum and South African Jewish Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island Museum and Klein Constantia. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, trek along Platteklip Gorge, get great views at Cape Point, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cape Town travel route website.

You can drive from Citrusdal to Cape Town in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Swellendam.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
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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 take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Swellendam planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Swellendam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping
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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

Bay of Attraction

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 1st (Sat), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, learn about winemaking at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, and then play a few rounds at Pinnacle Point Golf Club.

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

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Golf · Wineries

Side Trip

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Elephant Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Plettenvale Wines and The Motorcycle Room. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Christopher Catholic Church (in Plettenberg Bay), Birds of Eden (in The Crags) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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. When in Addo Elephant National Park, make a side trip to see Tolbos in Patensie, approximately Patensie away.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Addo Elephant National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Addo Elephant National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Addo Elephant National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Cradock.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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

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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. Take a break from the city and head to Mountain Zebra National Park and Cat Conservation Trust. Schreiner House Museum and St Peter's Church will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Cradock with a short trip to Walter Battiss Art Museum in Somerset East, about 1h 5 min away.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Cradock online route maker.

Drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Cradock in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to East London.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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. Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light and Ann Bryant Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St John's Anglican Church and The Toposcope. Venture out of the city with trips to Fish River Lighthouse (in Port Alfred), St. Peter's Anglican Church (in Sidbury) and Hogsback Arboretum (in Hogsback). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nahoon Beach, stroll through Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve, and examine the collection at East London Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the East London journey maker 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. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Winburg.

Things to do in East London

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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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. 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 maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Winburg road trip planning site.

You can drive from East London to Winburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Winburg

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Winburg Voortrekker Monument ©
Winburg Voortrekker Monument

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