50 days in South Africa Itinerary

50 days in South Africa Itinerary

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50 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  33​h
1
Cape Town
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Langebaan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Robertson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
7
Nelspruit
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
9
Johannesburg
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Queenstown

11
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 Boulders Beach and Noordhoek Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Robben Island and Table Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Cape Town Central (Fish Hoek Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve, & more) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp's Bay Beach, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Cape Town vacation builder.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Cape Town is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Queenstown to Cape Town. In November, daytime highs in Cape Town are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Langebaan.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
Langebaan

Langebaan ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at West Coast National Park. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Gaia Crystals and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Langebaan sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Langebaan takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Robertson.

Things to do in Langebaan

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

West Coast National Park
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Gaia Crystals ©
Gaia Crystals

2
nights
Robertson

Robertson ©
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
On the 3rd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Karoo Desert Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Springfield Estate Winery, then do a tasting at Marbrin Olive Growers, and then learn about winemaking at Viljoensdrift Wine Farm.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Robertson trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Langebaan to Robertson takes 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Langebaan in December: highs in Robertson hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries Parks

Side Trip

Karoo Desert Garden
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Viljoensdrift ©
Viljoensdrift
Karoo Desert Garden ©
Karoo Desert Garden

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Escape the urban bustle at Grotto Beach and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Gansbaai (African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary & Shark Diving) and Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Robertson to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Gansbaai, Betty's Bay, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Otter Trail, & more) and Knysna (Pledge Nature Reserve, Brenton on Sea, & more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Knysna Elephant Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Otter Trail
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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 The Cango Caves and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Explore Oudtshoorn's surroundings by going to Wilderness (Dolphin Point Lookout & Wilderness Beach). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cango Wildlife Ranch and cruise along Swartberg Pass.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn custom trip planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Wilderness
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

5
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 in touch with nature at Kruger National Park and Regent Safaris - Day Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Wonder View (in Graskop) and Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, stop by Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, identify plant and animal life at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Nelspruit in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, White River, Wonder View
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Lonely Bull Trail. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa), Kruger National Park (Thornybush Game Reserve & Napi Wilderness Trail) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring nature at African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Wild Cave Adventures and Ukutula Lion Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Pack the 5th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, enjoy breathtaking views from Carlton Centre, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and look for gifts at Amatuli.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 6th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Wild Cave Adventures, Ukutula Conservation Center
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Wild Cave Adventures ©
Wild Cave Adventures

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