49 days in South Africa Itinerary

49 days in South Africa Itinerary

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49 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Mossel Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
6
Durban
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
7
St Lucia
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
8
Graskop
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
End: Johannesburg

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon and Scarborough Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Twelve Apostles and West Coast National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein) and Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein). Dedicate the 20th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Chapman's Peak Drive, explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach, and see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Town online journey builder .

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Wine Tours & Tastings, !Khwa ttu, West Coast National Park, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 22:
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Helderberg Nature Reserve ©
Helderberg Nature Reserve

6
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Voelklip Beach and Grotto Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and De Hoop Nature Reserve. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek) and Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails (in Pearly Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, relax in the rural setting at Klein River Cheese, take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and sample the tasty concoctions at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Stanford, Franschhoek Pass, Waenhuiskrans Caves, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

5
nights
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Wilderness National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and Redberry Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Mossel Bay side-trips: Wilderness (Parasailing & Paragliding & Wilderness Beach) and Oudtshoorn (Highgate Ostrich Show Farm & Bella-Mia Pottery). There's much more to do: trek along St. Blaize Trail, do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay road trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Mossel Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Hermanus, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mossel Bay, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn, Wilderness, Redberry Farm, Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Shark Diving

6
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.
Visiting Plettenberg Beach and Brenton on Sea will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Radical Raptors and Knysna Lagoon. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Jandreart Studio, Buffalo Bay, & more) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's still lots to do: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, play a few rounds at Simola Golf, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Redford Lane Wines.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay journey maker website .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

5
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and King's Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Sardinia Bay Beach. Step out of Port Elizabeth to go to Saint Francis Bay and see Seal Point, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Spend the 10th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. There's still lots to do: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, snap pictures at Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge), pause for some serene contemplation at St Marks Congregational Church, and stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Seal Point, Paradise Beach
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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Safaris
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Shark Diving. Get outdoors at Umhlanga Main Beach and Flag Animal Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: Piggly Wiggly Country Village (in Nottingham Road), Howick (Nelson Mandela Capture Site & St Luke's Anglican Church) and Thompson's Bay Beach (in Ballito). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Mile, view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, and kick back and relax at Zinkwazi Beach.

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Getting from Port Elizabeth to Durban by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Port Elizabeth in January since evenings lows in Durban dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Howick, Zinkwazi Beach, Thompson's Bay Beach, Piggly Wiggly Country Village
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Heritage Tours & Safaris and Saint Lucia Estuary. Get outdoors at Safaris and Zulu Croc Reptile Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sodwana), Hluhluwe (Tunga Needlework Studio & Ilala Weavers) and Emdoneni Cheetah project (in Hluhluwe Game Reserve). There's more to do: stroll through Zimanga Private Game Reserve and buy something for everyone on your list at Mtuba Mall.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St Lucia route app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Durban to St Lucia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in St Lucia when traveling from Durban in January, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Graskop.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hluhluwe, Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Scuba & Snorkeling, Mtuba Mall, Zimanga Private Game Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Get outdoors at Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Three Roundavels and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Graskop: Sabie (Lone Creek Falls & Mary Shire Falls). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Panorama Route, don't miss a visit to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga, stroll through Wonder View, and admire the sheer force of Lisbon Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Graskop trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Graskop in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Graskop when traveling from St Lucia in January, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sabie, Mpumalanga, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels

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 Safaris and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Hazyview (Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview & Elephant Whispers) and Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and meet the residents at Kinyonga Reptile Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip planner .

Traveling by car from Graskop to Hoedspruit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Hazyview
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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