36 days in South Africa Itinerary

36 days in South Africa Itinerary

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36 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
St Lucia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Graskop
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Nelspruit
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 45​min
5
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Visit Cape Vidal Lighthouse and Veyane Cultural Village for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Zulu Croc Reptile Park. Explore St Lucia's surroundings by going to Hluhluwe (Tunga Needlework Studio & Ilala Weavers), Zamimpilo Community Market (in Ophondweni) and Mkuze (Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve & Zimanga Private Game Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through St Lucia Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our St Lucia itinerary maker .

London, UK to St Lucia is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mkuze, Hluhluwe, Zulu Croc Reptile Park, Zamimpilo Community Market
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Safaris
Zimanga Private Game Reserve ©
Zimanga Private Game Reserve
Zulu Croc Reptile Park ©
Zulu Croc Reptile Park

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 discover tucked-away gems like Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Get outdoors at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Olifants Wilderness Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery, Amarula Lapa, & more), Kruger National Park (Masorini Archaeological Site & Wolhuter Wilderness Trail) and Haenertsburg Cemetery (in Haenertsburg). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge, take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Designs, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Hoedspruit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Graskop.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa, Haenertsburg Cemetery
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Panorama Route and Mac Mac Pools. Escape the urban bustle at Three Roundavels and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Go for a jaunt from Graskop to Sabie to see Horse Shoe Trout & About about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Forest Falls Nature Walk, enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window, stop by Delgoa Arts & Crafts, and head outdoors with The Big Swing.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Graskop tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Graskop takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sabie, Mpumalanga, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes

5
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Matsamo Cultural Village and Barberton Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sudwala Caves and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in Kruger National Park), Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton) and Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre (in Dullstroom). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: walk around Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park and indulge your taste buds at Bagdad Farmers Market.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nelspruit road trip planning tool .

Drive from Graskop to Nelspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Barberton, Bagdad Farmers Market, Matsamo Cultural Village, Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park, Safaris
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

1
day
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.
On the 20th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, then pause for some serene contemplation at St James the Great Anglican Church, and then see the interesting displays at Urquhart House Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet attractions planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Nelspruit to Graaff-Reinet in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
St James the Great Anglican Church ©

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.
Get outdoors at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Gerickes Point. Do some cultural sightseeing at Holy Trinity Church and Jandreart Studio. When in Knysna, make a side trip to see The Dolphin Trail in Storms River, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goukamma Nature Reserve, hike along Drupkelders Hiking Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

Start your trip to Knysna by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Knysna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, The Dolphin Trail
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Gerickes Point ©
Gerickes Point
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

5
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Sumaridge Wine Estate and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai) and De Hoop Whale Trail (in Bredasdorp). There's still lots to do: stroll through Grotto Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, tee off at Hermanus Golf Club, and learn about winemaking at Creation.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, De Hoop Whale Trail, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
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Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Get outdoors at Platteklip Gorge and Helderberg Nature Reserve. Robben Island Museum and St. George's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stellenbosch (Waterford Estate & Absolut Art Gallery), West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and Lynx Wines (in Wemmershoek). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Cape of Good Hope, examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, West Coast National Park
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Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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