32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa journey planner
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Gansbaai
— 2 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
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Nelspruit
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg
— 6 nights
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Cape Town — 6 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Robben Island Museum. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cape Town, use our trip itinerary maker.

Bangkok, Thailand to Cape Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Bangkok to Cape Town, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bangkok in January, with highs in Cape Town at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gansbaai.
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Gansbaai — 2 nights

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and then head outdoors with Panorama Nature's Haven.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gansbaai road trip site.

You can drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Oudtshoorn.
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Oudtshoorn — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort and then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

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You can fly from Gansbaai to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay — 4 nights

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 Waterfall Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail & Bloukrans Bridge), Garden Route National Park (in Knysna) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's more to do: stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and enjoy the sand and surf at Sanctuary Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nelspruit.
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Nelspruit — 4 nights

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 Safaris and Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary, Elephant Whispers, &more). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, admire the sheer force of Montrose Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pumbaa Wildpark And Accommodation, and examine the collection at Sudwala Dinosaur Park.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nelspruit online day trip planner.

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Nelspruit in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in February; daily highs in Nelspruit reach 32°C and lows reach 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit — 2 nights

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.
On the 13th (Mon), look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then get outside with Siyafunda Conservation.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit journey planner.

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect much colder evenings in Hoedspruit when traveling from Nelspruit in February, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park — 5 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Wolhuter Wilderness Trail. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through Idube Game Reserve, and hike along Bushmans Trail.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park travel route tool.

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg — 6 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Regent Safaris and 7th Heaven Scuba. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). Spend the 24th (Fri) trying your luck at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, walk around The Wilds Nature Reserve, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and stop by Mambu Design.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Fly from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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