31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa route planner
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Gansbaai
— 1 night
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Cape Town
— 8 nights
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Durban
— 5 nights
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Hazyview
— 3 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg
— 5 nights
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Gansbaai — 1 night

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
On the 2nd (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Klipgat Caves and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gansbaai journey planner.

London, UK to Gansbaai is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Gansbaai hover around 22°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Let the collections at District Six Museum and Gold of Africa Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: get great views at Cape Point, indulge your senses at Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and wander the streets of Bo-kaap.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Gansbaai to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can fly to Durban.
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Durban — 5 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at KwaZulu-Natal Museum and Nelson Mandela Capture Site. We've included these beaches for you: Zinkwazi Beach and Umhlanga Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Scottburgh Beach (in Scottburgh) and Spas (in Ballito). Next up on the itinerary: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in the history at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban, observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Durban trip planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Durban in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Durban: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and The Elephant Sanctuary. Step out of Hazyview to go to Nelspruit and see Sudwala Caves, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Elephant Whispers, contemplate the long history of Shangana Cultural Village, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hazyview trip app.

Fly from Durban to Hazyview in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Durban in August since evenings lows in Hazyview dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit — 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Amarula Lapa and Kingfisher Gallery. Get outdoors at Safaris and Siyafunda Conservation. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit travel planning app.

Getting from Hazyview to Hoedspruit by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Spend the 24th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail, and trek along Nyalaland Wilderness Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park day trip planning site.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg — 5 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ukutula Conservation Center and Lion and Safari Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Union Buildings. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Kruger House Museum in Pretoria, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, explore and take pictures at Nelson Mandela Foundation, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and stop by Jack Friedman Sandton City.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip maker site.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight 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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