30 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

30 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vienna, Austria
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  12 h
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
4
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h
6
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Vienna, Austria

2
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, admire the striking features of African Heritage House, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi day trip planning app.

Vienna, Austria to Nairobi is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vienna to Nairobi. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Vienna in December: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum

4
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
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 Olypunyata Swamp.

For reviews, maps, photos, 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 do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. 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 travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Mara North Conservancy ©
Mara North Conservancy

3
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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 Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Union Buildings, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, have some family-friendly fun at Randburg Raceway Indoor Karting, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Johannesburg in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in January: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 33°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Montecasino, Union Buildings, Randburg Raceway Indoor Karting
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

4
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
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. There's still lots to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, and stroll through Bushmans Trail.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

3
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

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 out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview) and Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

Plan my day in Hoedspruit using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Qualito Craft Distillery
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

2
nights
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

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.
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.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn tour itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. 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 Scenic Drive

Side Trips

De Rust, Cape Palette Art Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

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.
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.

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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 travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Otter Trail
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

7
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, 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 do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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