31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
2
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
3
Cape Town
— 7 nights
4
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
5
Hermanus
— 1 night
6
Knysna
— 4 nights
7
Mthatha
— 7 nights
8
Johannesburg
— 1 night

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then try your luck at Emperors Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg travel route planning site.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trip

Emperors Palace
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Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Masorini Archaeological Site and Amarula Lapa. Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and hike along Nyalaland Wilderness Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris

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.
Kids will enjoy Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Relax by the water at Clifton Beaches and Llandudno Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, stop by Abseil Africa, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town vacation maker.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Cape Town by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in December, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 4th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch travel planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Franschhoek Pass
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Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus online trip builder.

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

4
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.
You've now added Plettenberg Beach to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Birds of Eden and Robberg Nature Reserve. Visit Wilderness Beach and Buffalo Bay for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, kick back and relax at Cola Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Knysna itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Hermanus to Knysna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hermanus in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Knysna, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mthatha.

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

7
nights
Mthatha

Mthatha ©
Kids will enjoy Mdumbi Beach and Hole in the Wall. Step out of the city life by going to Double Mouth Nature Reserve and Naude's Nek Pass (R396). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mthatha: Lubanzi Beach (in Lubanzi Village), Coffee Bay Beach (in Coffee Bay) and Port St Johns (Dwesa Nature Reserve & Silaka Nature Reserve).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mthatha trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Knysna to Mthatha in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Knysna in January, you will find days in Mthatha are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Mthatha

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Coffee Bay, Port St Johns, Maclear, Lubanzi Beach, Double Mouth Nature Reserve
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Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach
Naude's Nek Pass (R396) ©
Naude's Nek Pass (R396)
Hluleka Nature Reserve ©
Hluleka Nature Reserve

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night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Johannesburg travel website.

Explore your travel options from Mthatha to Johannesburg with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
Mandela House ©
Mandela House
Jack Friedman Eastgate ©
Jack Friedman Eastgate

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