37 days in South Africa Itinerary

37 days in South Africa Itinerary

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37 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tzaneen
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Parys
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Clarens
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Bloemfontein
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Jeffreys Bay
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Cape Town
— 6 nights
10
Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
11
Durban
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: Tzaneen

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Spend the 23rd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, and get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg day trip planner.

Tzaneen to Johannesburg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Tzaneen in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Johannesburg, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Parys.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Emperors Palace, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

1
night
Parys

Parys ©
Parys is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): look for gifts at Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio, then experience rural life at Oppie Plaas Parys, and then explore the striking landscape at Vredefort Dome.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Parys tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Parys takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Johannesburg in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Parys, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Clarens.

Things to do in Parys

Parks Nature Shopping
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Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio ©
Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio

2
nights
Clarens

Clarens ©
Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". On the 29th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Golden Gate Highlands National Park. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Mona Lisa Garment Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Tobias Art, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Clarens Brewery.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Clarens trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Parys to Clarens takes 3 hours. While traveling from Parys, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Clarens, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Clarens

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
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Golden Gate Highlands National Park ©
Tobias Art ©
Tobias Art
Clarens Brewery ©
Clarens Brewery

1
night
Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein ©
Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, take some stellar pictures from Naval Hill, then take an in-depth tour of Anglo Boer War Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Vodacom Park.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bloemfontein trip maker .

You can drive from Clarens to Bloemfontein in 3 hours. When traveling from Clarens in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bloemfontein: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums
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Anglo Boer War Museum ©
Anglo Boer War Museum
Oliewenhuis Art Museum ©
Oliewenhuis Art Museum
Vodacom Park ©
Vodacom Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Oudtshoorn (Cango Wildlife Ranch & The Cango Caves), Doornkraal Padstal (in De Rust) and Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, admire the landmark architecture of St George's Anglican Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Knysna trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bloemfontein to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bloemfontein in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Knysna: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, Doornkraal Padstal
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

4
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
When in Tsitsikamma National Park, make a side trip to see Dutch Reformed Church in Kareedouw, approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Tsitsikamma National Park. On the 7th (Thu), hike the day away at The Dolphin Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge, stroll through Waterfall Trail, trek along Otter Trail, and don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tsitsikamma National Park road trip planner .

You can drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park in 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 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Dutch Reformed Church
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge

1
night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then stroll through Addo Elephant National Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Addo Elephant National Park trip maker website .

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Addo Elephant National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Addo Elephant National Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

2
nights
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
On the 10th (Sun), kick back and relax at Dolphin Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Jeffreys Bay trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Jeffreys Bay in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jeffreys Bay to Cape Town. In February, daytime highs in Cape Town are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, First South African Perfume Museum
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

4
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Go for a jaunt from Port Elizabeth to Kirkwood to see Daniell Cheetah Project about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 18th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bayworld, and explore and take pictures at South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth online travel route planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Daniell Cheetah Project
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

4
nights
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Go for a jaunt from Durban to Howick to see Nelson Mandela Capture Site about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at uShaka Marine World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Umgeni River Bird Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore and take pictures at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Durban online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in February, expect Durban to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Nelson Mandela Capture Site
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium

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