South Africa Itinerary
South Africa is one of our favourite countries. We always say that it’s a “world” in a country. 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 with plenty of wildlife till the Western Cape, a real gem of the country with its stunning landscapes and the bustling Cape Town.
1° day: Johannesburg – Sabie
2° day: Sabie – Pilgrim’s Rest – Blyde 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 Reserve – St 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: Gansbaai – 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 South Africa
|Visa: check out the official website by 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 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 spot the majestic whales that crowd the country’s coast.
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.
Accommodations: medium range; average expense for a double room 720 ZAR (50US$). If you choose to sleep inside Kruger NP, the accommodations are more expensive; we booked our accommodations through booking .com.
Food: local restaurants for dinner and grocery shop at the hypermarkets for lunch. The average expense for dinner 200 ZAR (15 US$);
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.
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