30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

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30 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Durban
bus:  2​h 45​min
1
St Lucia
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
2
Graskop
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Durban

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Ilala Weavers. Step out of the city life by going to Heritage Tours & Safaris and iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Go for a jaunt from St Lucia to Ophondweni to see Zamimpilo Community Market about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocodile Centre St Lucia.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the St Lucia online tour planner .

Durban to St Lucia is an approximately 3-hour combination of taxi and bus. You can also drive. Traveling from Durban in June, expect nights in St Lucia to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Graskop.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ilala Weavers, Zamimpilo Community Market, Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

3
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Three Roundavels. Escape the urban bustle at Panorama Route and Wathaba Hiking Trail - Day Tours. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, stop by Ponieskrantz, make a trip to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga, and trek along Forest Falls Nature Walk.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Graskop route app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Graskop in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from St Lucia in June since evenings lows in Graskop dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Wathaba Hiking Trail - Day Tours, Forest Falls Nature Walk, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Ponieskrantz
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kingfisher Gallery or Ukuthula Designs. Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Whispers and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview (in Hazyview) and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and browse the exhibits of iNyoka Art Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit sightseeing planner.

Getting from Graskop to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Grotto Beach and Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Franschhoek Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Swellendam (Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery & Drostdy Museum) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, view the masterpieces at Originals Gallery, browse the exhibits of Lembu Gallery & Studio, and stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hoedspruit to Hermanus in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in June, you will find days in Hermanus are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Swellendam, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Franschhoek Pass, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Popular historic sites such as Robben Island and Groot Constantia are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Bloubergstrand Beach and Clifton Beaches. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Eikehof (in Franschhoek), Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's lots more to do: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. June in Cape Town sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

5
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.
Relax by the water at Wilderness Beach and Brenton on Sea. Appreciate the collections at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Jandreart Studio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Plettenberg Beach (in Plettenberg Bay), The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, get engrossed in the history at Knysna Museum, and stroll through Radical Raptors.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Knysna online itinerary builder .

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Knysna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Outeniqua Transport Museum, Wilderness Beach, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre and Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Reinet House and Old Residency. Change things up with a short trip to Dustcovers in Nieu-Bethesda (about 52 minutes away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Urquhart House Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk.

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Getting from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©

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