30 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

30 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Nairobi, Kenya

— 2 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explore the galleries of Karen Blixen Museum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nairobi day trip site.

Vienna, Austria to Nairobi is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Nairobi is 2 hours. In December, Nairobi is much hotter than Vienna - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

— 4 nights
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 1st (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Olare Orok Conservancy and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mara North Conservancy.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip planner.

You can fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Nairobi in December, expect Maasai Mara National Reserve to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 3 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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Union Buildings, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, have some family-friendly fun at Randburg Raceway Indoor Karting, and stop by Maboneng Precinct.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg online travel route planner.

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Johannesburg in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in January, expect Johannesburg to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 4 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 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 9th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and stroll through Bushmans Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kruger National Park travel route planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview) and Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa). There's much more to do: stroll through Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit attractions planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn tour itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hoedspruit in January, plan for little chillier days in Oudtshoorn, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and finally stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Otter Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

Start your trip to Plettenberg Bay by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Cape Town, South Africa

— 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: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 25:

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

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.