39 days in South Africa Itinerary

39 days in South Africa Itinerary

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39 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
St Lucia
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
4
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Bredasdorp
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Langebaan
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
End: Jerusalem

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Saint Lucia Estuary. Step off the beaten path and head to Heritage Tours & Safaris and Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the St Lucia online itinerary creator.

Jerusalem, Israel to St Lucia is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:
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Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park

4
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.
Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Elephant Whispers. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sudwala Caves and Panoramic Route Mpumalanga. Venture out of the city with trips to Graskop (Delgoa Arts & Crafts, Wonder View, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers, and stop by Africa Joy.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Nelspruit holiday planner.

Getting from St Lucia to Nelspruit by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Graskop, White River, Elephant Whispers
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Tshukudu Game Lodge. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit trip generator.

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:
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4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Take a break from the city and head to Grotto Beach and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Get some cultural insight at Domaine Des Dieux and Ataraxia Wines. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai). Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 9th (Mon) with a shark diving experience. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, look for gifts at The Book Collector, kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hoedspruit to Hermanus in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, Hermanus is little chillier than Hoedspruit - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

4
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. Popular historic sites such as Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at De Hoop Nature Reserve and Waenhuiskrans Caves. Step out of Bredasdorp with an excursion to Strandveld Vineyards in Elim--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, take in the dramatic natural features at Seaside Dunes, and steep yourself in history at Kassiesbaai.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bredasdorp vacation builder.

You can drive from Hermanus to Bredasdorp in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas, Strandveld Vineyards, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Swartberg Pass. Visiting Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and Meiringspoort will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Meiringspoort Waterfall (in De Rust) and Wilderness National Park (in Wilderness). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at The Cango Caves, look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, look for all kinds of wild species at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and steep yourself in history at Arbeidsgenot.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Bredasdorp to Oudtshoorn in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

De Rust, Wilderness National Park, La Chocolaterie Rococo
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall

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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.
Visit Holy Trinity Church and Nelson Bay Cave for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna Lagoon (in Knysna) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Tsitsikamma National Park). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

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nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island and Boschendal Manor & Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Point and The Franschhoek Motor Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town), Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park) and Glen Carlou Vineyards (in Cape Town Central). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, examine the collection at District Six Museum, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Cape Town sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Langebaan.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
nights
Langebaan

Langebaan ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at West Coast Fossil Park and then explore the striking landscape of West Coast National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon and then identify plant and animal life at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Langebaan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Langebaan by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Langebaan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Langebaan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

West Coast National Park, West Coast Fossil Park
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
West Coast Fossil Park ©
West Coast Fossil Park

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