29 days in South Africa Itinerary

29 days in South Africa Itinerary

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29 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Rustenburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
St Lucia
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
5
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Bredasdorp
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Rustenburg

Situated at the base of the Magaliesberg Mountains, the town of Rustenburg boasts a rich history and heritage as the site of a platinum mining rush, the location of several Boer War battles, and the hometown of Paul Kruger, a famous South African politician.
Step out of the city life by going to Pilanesberg National Park and Kwena Crocodile Farm. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Akwaaba Predator Park. Step out of Rustenburg with an excursion to Valley of Waves in Sun City--about 48 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Rustenburg Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rustenburg online itinerary creator.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rustenburg is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get much colder in Rustenburg: highs are around 25°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Rustenburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Sun City
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Zipline
Valley of Waves ©
Valley of Waves
Pilanesberg National Park ©
Pilanesberg National Park

3
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.
Visiting Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Step out of Hoedspruit with an excursion to Bourkes' Luck Potholes in Moremela--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rustenburg to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi, train, and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Rustenburg in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hoedspruit, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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3
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Whispers and then identify plant and animal life at Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, then identify plant and animal life at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and then look for gifts at Canerat Crafts. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Heritage Tours & Safaris.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St Lucia trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to St Lucia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Canerat Crafts ©
Canerat Crafts

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Wilderness Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and Cango Ostrich Show Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Meiringspoort (in De Rust) and Happy Valley (in George). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, cruise along Swartberg Pass, have some family-friendly fun at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, and explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip builder.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from St Lucia to Oudtshoorn in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Meiringspoort, Wilderness Beach, Happy Valley
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Lagoon). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Sanctuary and do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay tour planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach and Table Mountain. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Point and Bloubergstrand Beach. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park) and Cape Point Ostrich Farm (in Cape Town Central). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Dorp Street
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

3
nights
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Visiting Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and De Hoop Whale Trail will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve and The Tradouwspass. There's lots more to do: trek along De Hoop Nature Reserve, Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Caves, don't miss a visit to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B, and take in the dramatic natural features at Seaside Dunes.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bredasdorp travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Cape Town to Bredasdorp in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas, The Tradouwspass
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Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves
De Hoop Nature Reserve ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve

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