30 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

30 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

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30 days in Kenya & South Africa Itinerary

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
Drive + Fly:  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


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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. There's much more to do: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, push the limits with an extreme tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and admire the striking features of African Heritage House.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nairobi trip itinerary planning website .

Vienna, Austria to Nairobi is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vienna to Nairobi. In December, Nairobi is warmer than Vienna - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Olare Orok Conservancy and stroll through Mara North Conservancy.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Maasai Mara National Reserve travel route planner.

Getting from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nairobi in December, with highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Pretoria to see Union Buildings about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, and steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Johannesburg takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Johannesburg is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in January; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Montecasino, Union Buildings, Randburg Raceway
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail, hike along Bushmans Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park attractions app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview) and Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa). There's still lots to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

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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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Qualito Craft Distillery, Elephant Whispers, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in January: highs in Oudtshoorn hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trips

De Rust, Cape Palette Art Gallery
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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, stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and finally stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Otter Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay day trip planning site .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Otter Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town vacation planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 25:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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