35 days in South Africa Itinerary

35 days in South Africa Itinerary

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35 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  18 h
1
Durban
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
2
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Cape Town
— 11 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Lima

5
nights
Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Family-friendly places like uShaka Marine World and Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Flag Animal Farm (in Salt Rock), Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick) and Pietermaritzburg Railway Station (in Pietermaritzburg). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, and appreciate the views at The Valley of a 1000 Hills.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Durban trip planning website.

Lima, Peru to Durban is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Lima to Durban, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. January in Durban sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Margate, Pietermaritzburg Railway Station, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Flag Animal Farm
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uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Flag Animal Farm ©
Flag Animal Farm
uShaka Wet 'n Wild ©
uShaka Wet 'n Wild

6
nights
Kruger National Park

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 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 15th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail, trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Durban to Kruger National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Durban in January, plan for little chillier nights in Kruger National Park, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time 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

5
nights
Hoedspruit

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hippo Jessica and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Kinyonga Reptile Center, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Hazyview
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Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica
Kinyonga Reptile Center ©
Kinyonga Reptile Center
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park ©
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park

5
nights
Johannesburg

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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (Union Buildings & National Library of South Africa). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip planner.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©

11
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Family-friendly places like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Two Oceans Aquarium will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Stony Brook Vineyards (in Franschhoek) and Robertson (Marbrin Olive Growers & Robertson Art Gallery). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, trek along Platteklip Gorge, visit Abseil Africa, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Robertson, Stony Brook Vineyards
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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