38 days in South Africa Itinerary

38 days in South Africa Itinerary

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38 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  29​h
1
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hazyview
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Durban
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  29​h
End: Edmonton

5
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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg route planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Johannesburg is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Edmonton to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in December, expect Johannesburg to be much hotter, temps between 33°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
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.
Spend the 15th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, head outdoors with Wild Frontier Adventures, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and stroll through Lonely Bull Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park day trip site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

4
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Elephant Whispers, steep yourself in history at Shangana Cultural Village, look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hazyview attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Hazyview sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

3
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.
Take a break from Durban with a short trip to Mac Nicol's Caravan Park in Sihangwane, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, and browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Durban tour planner.

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hazyview in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Durban, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Mac Nicol's Caravan Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness (Kaaiman's River & Wilderness Beach), Roger Young Gallery (in Calitzdorp) and Dutch Reformed Mother Church (in George). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in Oudtshoorn reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilderness, Roger Young Gallery, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

4
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.
Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth), Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, hike along Otter Trail, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay itinerary maker .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, The Dolphin Trail, Storms River bridge
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

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, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape Town online trip maker .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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