29 days in South Africa Itinerary

29 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly to OR Tambo International Airport, Drive to Bela Bela
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Bela Bela
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marloth Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Hazyview
— 3 nights
Fly
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St Lucia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 8 nights
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Bela Bela — 2 nights

Taking a trip to Bela Bela allows visitors to enjoy mild weather and many hot springs.
On the 16th (Sun), look for gifts at Bergenbos Kontreiwinkel, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bouncy Croc. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Zebula Golf Course and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adventures with Elephants.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bela Bela driving holiday site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bela Bela is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: highs in Bela Bela hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bela Bela to Hoedspruit takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bela Bela in July, expect Hoedspruit to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Marloth Park.
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Marloth Park — 1 night

Marloth Park is a holiday town situated in northeastern South Africa in the Mpumalanga province (formerly Eastern Transvaal).GeographyOn the bank of the Crocodile River between Malelane and Komatipoort on the N4 national highway, Marloth Park is a wildlife sanctuary and holiday town. On the 20th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Lionspruit Game Reserve.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marloth Park online trip planner.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Marloth Park in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Marloth Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hazyview.
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Hazyview — 3 nights

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Whispers and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Sudwala Caves (in Nelspruit), Wonder View (in Graskop) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). There's more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview attractions planning website.

You can drive from Marloth Park to Hazyview in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hazyview can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to St Lucia.
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St Lucia — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area and Saint Lucia Estuary. Explore St Lucia's surroundings by going to Emdoneni Cheetah project (in Hluhluwe Game Reserve), Tunga Needlework Studio (in Hluhluwe) and Zamimpilo Community Market (in Ophondweni). Spend the 25th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the St Lucia online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Hazyview to St Lucia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Port Elizabeth.
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Port Elizabeth — 4 nights

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kragga Kamma Game Park and Shamwari Game Reserve. When in Port Elizabeth, make a side trip to see Paradise Beach in Jeffreys Bay, approximately Jeffreys Bay away. Spend the 30th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by The Tarot Lounge.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth online holiday planner.

Getting from St Lucia to Port Elizabeth by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Graaff-Reinet.
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Graaff-Reinet — 2 nights

Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, see the interesting displays at Urquhart House Museum, and then stroll through Valley of Desolation. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Camdeboo National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet trip planner.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Garden Route National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Knysna Lagoon & Featherbed Nature Reserve) and Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). The adventure continues: walk around Plett Puzzle Park, steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, and get a taste of the local shopping with Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay route tool.

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 8 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dyer Island Cruises and Twelve Apostles. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch), Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum & First South African Perfume Museum). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Heart of Cape Town Museum, find something for the whole family at The Cape Wheel, explore the world behind art at Zeitz MOCAA, and admire the natural beauty at Company's Gardens.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip site.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cape Town, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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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