35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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35 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Robertson
— 4 nights
6
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Hermanus
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Constitution Hill and Union Buildings are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, try to win big at Emperors Palace, and make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg travel route app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Johannesburg is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Johannesburg: highs are around 33°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pretoria, Nelson Mandela Square, Emperors Palace
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Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Masorini Archaeological Site and Amarula Lapa. Change things up with these side-trips from Kruger National Park: Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa) and Big Boabab (in Gravelotte). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 4th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Big Boabab
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Masorini Archaeological Site ©
Masorini Archaeological Site

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Brenton on Sea and Plettenberg Beach. Get some historical perspective at Holy Trinity Church and St. Christopher Catholic Church. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Jandreart Studio (in Knysna) and Bitou Art Gallery (in Storms River). There's more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay online tour planner .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Plettenberg Bay by combination of taxi and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Kruger National Park in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Bitou Art Gallery
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, look for gifts at Latana Cheese, then cruise along Swartberg Pass, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Jude's Anglican Church. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Robertson.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Doornkraal Padstal
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Doornkraal Padstal ©
Doornkraal Padstal

4
nights
Robertson

Robertson ©
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church and St Mildred's Chapelry. Do some cultural sightseeing at Marbrin Olive Growers and Springfield Estate Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Swellendam (Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery & Drostdy Museum) and Art Africa (in Montagu). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Excelsior Wine Estate, experience rural life at Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm, indulge your taste buds at De Wetshof Estate, and sample the fine beverages at Klipdrift Distillery.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Robertson trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Robertson in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Robertson are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Montagu, Swellendam
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Excelsior Wine Estate ©
Excelsior Wine Estate

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.
Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Camp's Bay Beach. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach, and learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

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Traveling by car from Robertson to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Cape Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

7
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visit Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Creation. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Iona Wine Farm (in Grabouw), Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, do a tasting at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Iona Wine Farm
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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