29 days in South Africa Itinerary

29 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa route planner

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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
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Johannesburg

— 4 nights

City of Light

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), Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Voortrekker Monument (in Pretoria). Pack the 4th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, try to win big at Montecasino, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg driving holiday planning site.

San Antonio, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Antonio to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:

Hoedspruit

— 4 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.
Hoedspruit is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit day trip website.

Fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:

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.
Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 11th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and admire the engineering at Klaserie Dam.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kruger National Park visit planner.

Take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park), MLink Glass Studio (in Sedgefield) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail & Suspension Bridge). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve and relax and rejuvenate at Forest Nature Spa.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip builder.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Plettenberg Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in March, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

Oudtshoorn

— 2 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
On the 20th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in March, expect nights in Oudtshoorn to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Cape Town

— 7 nights

Mother City

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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, and stroll through Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town holiday planner.

Fly from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in March, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 28:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
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.