30 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Durban
— 2 nights
Drive
5
St Lucia
— 1 night
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hazyview
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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Cape Town — 6 nights

Mother City

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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Oudtshoorn.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 7:

Oudtshoorn — 1 night

Ostrich Capital of the World

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 8th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, Head underground at Cango Caves, then relax in the rural setting at Cango Ostrich Show Farm, and finally stop by Bella-Mia Pottery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, and then take in the views from Bloukrans Bridge. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, stroll through Birds of Eden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay route tool.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Durban.
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Durban — 2 nights

Surf City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Joe's Corner Shop, then observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durban online route planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Durban in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, Durban is a bit warmer than Plettenberg Bay - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St Lucia.
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St Lucia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by Canerat Crafts and then stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our St Lucia sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Durban to St Lucia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit to see Kruger National Park about 48 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park vacation builder tool.

Getting from St Lucia to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit tour planner.

Take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hazyview.
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Hazyview — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hazyview: Panorama Route (in Graskop) and Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview travel site.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hazyview are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg — 4 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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, look for gifts at Jack Friedman Eastgate, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and try to win big at Gold Reef City.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg journey planning site.

Getting from Hazyview to Johannesburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hazyview in September since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

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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