South Africa Itinerary

South Africa is one of our favourite countries. We always say that it’s a “world” in a country since it offers breathtaking and different landscapes, desert, savannah, canyon, lagoons, mountains, coasts bathed by two oceans and everywhere a flora and extraordinary wildlife. We started our journey from the east side crossing beautiful National Parks plenty of wildlife till the Western Cape, a real gem of the country with its stunning landscapes and the bustling Cape Town.

Western cape, Hout Bay
Western Cape, Hout Bay

1° day:  Johannesburg – Sabie

2° day: Sabie – Pilgrim’s RestBlyde River Canyon – Phalaborwa

3° day: Phalaborwa – Kruger National Park (game drive) – Hazyview

4° day: Hazyview – Kruger National Park (game drive)– Nelspruit

5° day: Nelspruit – Swaziland border – Mliwane Wildlife Sanctuary

6° day: Mliwane W.S. – Manzini market – Mkhaya Game Reserve – S.A. border – Hluhluwe

7° day: Hluhluwe – Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game ReserveSt Lucia (boat cruise)

8° day: St Lucia – Isimangaliso Wetland Park – Durban

9° day: Durban – Port Elizabeth (by flight) – Tsitsikamma National Park – Storm River village

10° day: Storm River village – Plettenberg Bay – Robberg Nature Reserve – Knysna – Mossel Bay – Witsand

11° day: Witsand – De Hoop Nature Reserve – Cape Agulhas – Gansbaai

12° day: Gansbaai (whales watching and shark cage)

13° day: Gansbaii – Hermanus – Betty’s Bay – whales route – Cape town

14° day: Cape Town – Cape Peninsula – Cape Town

15 ° day: Cape Town

16° day: Cape Town – Stellenbosh – Cape Town


Information about our South Africa trip

Visa: check out the official website clicking here.


Traveller’s health: click here for more information; 


When to go: the country has different climates depending on the various area; therefore, the best moment to enjoy the whole country is from June/July to October. This period corresponds to the austral winter, so during the night/early morning could be a bit cold. It’s also a good period for visiting the eastern National Park as the Kruger, and also to spot the majestic whales that crowd the coast of the country.


Mean of transport: rental car. At Jo’burg or Cape Town international airport, there are several rental companies; We first rented the car at Joburg till Durban, then we got another rental car at Port Elizabeth airport till Cape Town.

Notice: if you want to visit the small Eswatini (former Swaziland) or Lesotho, you need to notice your rental company and pay for a permit. 

We rented our car using the web company Tripadvisor. Click on the banner to see the prices to rent a vehicle in South Africa.

tripadvisor


Accommodations: medium range; average expense for a double room 720 ZAR (50US$). If you choose to sleep inside Kruger NP the accommodations are more expensive; we booked our accommodations through booking .com.



Booking.com


Food: local restaurants for dinner and grocery shop at the hypermarkets for lunch. The average expense for dinner 200 ZAR (15 US$);


Currency exchange: the local currency is called Rand (1 US$ is around 15 rands). We changed our currency at Jo’burg international airport. It also possible to withdraw local currency from the ATM that you always find in the towns;


Local agencies: If you like having a more extended trip through the southern countries of Africa (including Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe or Mozambique), we suggest contacting Undhuvu Tours and Safari.


Travel insurance: don’t forget your travel insurance since if something gets wrong, the medical expenses could be very, very high. We made it with World Nomads.


Guide book: our favourite is always the Lonely Planet.




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