60 days in South Africa Itinerary

60 days in South Africa Itinerary

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60 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 7 nights
5
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Hazyview
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
9
St Lucia
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Cathkin Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Durban
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Elizabeth: Grahamstown (Cathedral of St Michael and St George & St Patrick's Catholic Church), Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). There's lots more to do: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and explore the galleries of Ron Belling Art Gallery.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth road trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Port Elizabeth is minus 8 hours. In June in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Grahamstown, Wild Dreams Africa, Baviaans Camino, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads), Mosaic Outdoor Market (in Sedgefield) and Storms River (The Dolphin Trail & Bitou Art Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, hike along Waterfall Trail, take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, Storms River
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: Wilderness (Perdepoort Horse Tails, Kaaiman's River, & more), Calitzdorp (Roger Young Gallery & Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place) and George Golf Club (in George). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in June, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Oudtshoorn. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wilderness, Calitzdorp, George Golf Club, Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
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, hike along Platteklip Gorge, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cape Town online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cape Town are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 23:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Johannesburg travel route website .

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cape Town in June since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Ukutula Conservation Center
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 29:
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Hazyview with a short trip to Sudwala Caves in Nelspruit, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Elephant Whispers, stop by Katundo Leather Shop, and take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hazyview trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Hazyview takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Hazyview. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Sudwala Caves
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline

6
nights
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.
Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, and stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit travel planner .

You can take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. July in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 8:
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

7
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 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 10th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park online itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

5
nights
St Lucia

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zimanga Private Game Reserve (in Mkuze) and Tembe Elephant Park (in Sihangwane). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at St Lucia Beach, explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mpila Camp Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia online trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to St Lucia in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cathkin Park.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tembe Elephant Park, Zimanga Private Game Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 20:
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Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Safaris
Zimanga Private Game Reserve ©
Zimanga Private Game Reserve

4
nights
Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Cathkin Park: Maloti Drakensberg Park (in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park), The Wine Cellar (in Rosetta) and Ladysmith (Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve, Spion Kop Battlefield, & more).

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cathkin Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from St Lucia to Cathkin Park takes 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ladysmith, Drakensberg Mountains, The Wine Cellar, Maloti Drakensberg Park
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Drakensberg Boys Choir School ©
Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve ©

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Harold Johnson Nature Reserve (in Stanger), Boot Camp Durban (in Pinetown) and Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam (in Tongaat). There's still lots to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, grab your bike and head to Holla Trails, browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Make your Durban itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Cathkin Park to Durban in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Durban are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Holla Trails, Boot Camp Durban, Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam, Harold Johnson Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 30:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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