26 days in South Africa Itinerary

26 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa sightseeing planner
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Fly to King Shaka International Airport, Drive to Himeville
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Himeville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Winterton
— 2 nights
Drive
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St Lucia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Graskop
— 5 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 7 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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Himeville — 2 nights

Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, approx 130 km from Pietermaritzburg. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see Off-Road Tours and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at The Himeville Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Birds and Beyond.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Himeville trip itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Himeville is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Brussels to Himeville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Winterton.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
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Winterton — 2 nights

Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dragon Rock Reptile Centre and then hike along Monks Cowl. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then sample the tasty concoctions at Drakensberg Brewery.

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Getting from Himeville to Winterton by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to St Lucia.
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St Lucia — 4 nights

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Take a break from St Lucia with a short trip to Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: walk around iSimangaliso Wetland Park, explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bhangazi Horse Safaris.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our St Lucia online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Winterton to St Lucia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly to Kruger National Park.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kruger National Park: Kumbaya Home Decor (in Hoedspruit), Safaris (in Phalaborwa) and Kruger National Park (in Nelspruit). Spend the 2nd (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from St Lucia to Kruger National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Graskop.
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Graskop — 5 nights

Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Step out of Graskop to go to Sabie and see Lone Creek Falls, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Panorama Route, take in the dramatic natural features at The Pinnacle Rock, take in panoramic vistas at God's Window, and admire the sheer force of Mac Mac Falls.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Graskop trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Graskop takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kruger National Park in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Graskop, with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg — 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Pretoria (Kruger House Museum, Voortrekker Monument, &more) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, try your luck at Emperors Palace, and don't miss a visit to Vilakazi Street.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip maker app.

You can fly from Graskop to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Graskop in February, Johannesburg is cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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.
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