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Top 6 road trips to visit South Africa

Planning your circuit is above all a question of time. So how many days does it take to visit South Africa? The most common is 15 days with a large part in the Cape region and the garden route and the rest on safari in Kruger National Park and around Johannesburg and Soweto. Personally, we recommend 21 days (3 weeks) with a program that covers most of the country. The complete loop is done in 30 days and if you are lucky enough to be able to stay 1 month then go for it. But if you only have 10 days or even 7 days, South Africa is still an attractive destination because almost all the world famous sites are in Cape Town or in its region: Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town, the road of the wines of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the garden route (or Garden Route), the Cape of Good Hope, Muizenberg, the white sharks of Hermanus, etc… To better decide, this article explains in detail what each of our itineraries from one week to 1 month contain.

If you prefer to focus on one region of South Africa rather than a road trip that crosses the whole country, you can read our other programs by clicking on this link:

The best routes to visit South Africa

The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 7 days: discover Cape Town and its region

South Africa in a week, it's the perfect amount of time to visit the must-see sites without having to run all over the country. Cape Town will be your base and you will discover this magnificent city surrounded by unique natural sites in the world. The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 7 days is punctuated by visits as beautiful and interesting as each other. You will walk in the different districts of the city: Bo-Kaap, Sea Point, Green Point or the Waterfront. You will admire the breathtaking view at the top of Table Mountain. You will visit the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and Nelson Mandela's mythical prison at Robben Island. You will enjoy the many exclusive activities of Cape Town such as diving with seals, in a cage with white sharks or even cruises to see whales. Passing by Chapmans Peak, you will explore the peninsula with the unmissable Cape of Good Hope, its colonies of penguins and its renowned surf spot of Muizenberg. You will relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world in Camps Bay or Clifton. And to finish, you will taste the reds and whites of the best vineyards on the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine route. With all these visits, we promise you an exceptional stay in South Africa ! 

For a detailed program of the 7 days of this tour, read our article: Discover the best itinerary to visit South Africa in 1 week 

To stay in Cape Town, you can follow our guide: Discover the best Cape Town hotels in South Africa: from the best hostels and B&Bs to the most beautiful residences.

How many days does it take to visit South Africa? The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 7 days: discover Cape Town and its region

The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 10 days: Cape Town and the Garden Route

10 days allow you to visit all of South Africa's must-see sites (except Kruger National Park). The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 10 days keeps the base of our circuit to visit Cape Town and its region in 1 week, but adds the magnificent garden route (also called Garden Route) very popular with locals. You can bathe in the warm water of the Plettenberg Bay lagoon, kayak up the Wilderness River or go surfing at the legendary spot of Jeffreys Bay. If you regret not having time to visit the Kruger National Park north of Johannesburg, rest assured because you can do the only safari in the West of South Africa: Addo Elephant Park. This 10 day South Africa tour is the ideal duration for those who want to see all the sites not to be missed without compromising on safaris.

For a detailed program of the 10 days of this tour, read our article: Discover the best itinerary to visit South Africa in 10 days

How many days does it take to visit South Africa? The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 10 days: Cape Town and the Garden Route

The best route to visit South Africa in 15 days: from Cape Town to Kruger Park safari

The most typical tour is two weeks because it covers all the must-see sites in the country, Kruger included! The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 15 days is to leave for 10 days in the South in the Cape region and finish by the Garden route (Garden route) then 5 days in the North to visit the region of Johannesburg and the Kruger. The 10 days in Cape Town are the same as in our tour to visit South Africa in 10 days. They cover all the exceptional sites of this region renowned for its unique beauty in the world: Cape Town, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island, the Cape of Good Hope, the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton or even the Stellenbosch wine route. and Franschhoek. Then, you finish the southern part with a road trip along the Garden Route through the Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay or Addo Elephant Park. The 5 days in the North allow you to visit the best of the best safaris: the Kruger National Park. You will take the opportunity to discover the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg, the history of the country in Soweto, the route of the waterfalls on the route of the Kruger and the famous Blyde River Canyon. This route is the preferred circuit for tourists who don't want to visit South Africa without going on a safari to the legendary Kruger Park.

For a detailed program of the 15 days of this tour, read our article: Discover the best itinerary to visit South Africa in 2 weeks

To find accommodation in South Africa, you can follow our guides by region:

How many days does it take to visit South Africa? The Best Itinerary to Visit South Africa in 15 Days: From Cape Town to Kruger Park Safari

The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 17 days: the Kruger private reserves

Between the classic 15-day circuit and the 17-day circuit, there is only a two-day difference, but these two days count if you want to be sure to explore all the facets of Kruger National Park and see all the animals in this park. We recommend that you in the circuit to visit South Africa in 2 weeks to spend 2 days at the Kruger. The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 17 days allows you to pass four. In addition to the two days in the national park on a self-drive tour, we advise you to spend the other two additional days in a private reserve. This 2+2 combo is clearly the best for those who have made Kruger Park the main objective of their stay. This unique experience is definitely worth it! These reserves are privatized areas inside the Kruger that allow you to be almost sure to see all the Big 5 in the company of a guide who knows all about the fauna and flora. In the evening you sleep in a little corner of paradise in the middle of the savannah with a view from the swimming pool, a water point where elephants, giraffes, hippos, antelopes and even felines come to drink… Nothing better to end the stay in apotheosis or for a honeymoon!

For a detailed program of the 17 days of this tour, read our article: Discover the best itinerary to visit South Africa in 17 days

To stay at Kruger Park, you can read our article which recommends the best private reserves adapted to each budget: from the very high end to the good accessible plan: The best private reserves in Kruger Park in South Africa

ATTENTION: All these lodges are in great demand but have very few rooms. It is therefore advisable to book well in advance.

How many days does it take to visit South Africa? The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 17 days: the Kruger private reserves

The best route to visit South Africa in 21 days: from Eswatini to Durban

If you asked us how many days does it take to visit South Africa, we would answer you 3 weeks is ideal. This is the duration that we recommend because 21 days allow you to do all the South, North and East of the country without rushing. You have time to do Cape Town and its region, the Garden Route, Johannesburg and Soweto, the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon just like in our tour to discover this country in 2 weeks. But the best itinerary to visit South Africa in 21 days also includes a road trip down from the Kruger to Durban via Swaziland (now Eswatini) with its famous Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary park, through Saint Lucia with its listed site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park and through Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve with its last rhinos whites in the world. In short, this circuit is the best so as not to miss anything and not to regret anything!

For a detailed program of the 21 days of this tour, read our article: Discover the best itinerary to visit South Africa in 3 weeks 

To find accommodation in South Africa, you can read our article which recommends the best hostels, B & Bs and hotels step by step: Where to sleep in South Africa?

How many days does it take to visit South Africa? The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 21 days: from Eswatini to Durban

The best route to visit South Africa in 30 days: Lesotho and the Drakensbergs

Rare are the lucky ones who can leave for a whole month but if you are part of it then this 4 week tour is made for you. It is the most comprehensive program which includes all the most beautiful regions of South Africa. It follows the same lines as the 3-week program but it continues after Durban into the Drakensberg. The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 30 days includes the most beautiful hikes in this mountain range: Sani Pass, Giants Castle Valley and Royal Natal National Park with its Tugela waterfall (the 2rd highest in the world). But above all it makes you discover Lesotho and its village lost in the mountains: Semonkong. At the end of this epic month, you can say that you have visited South Africa from A to Z! This program is really THE ideal long loop for those who do not leave a country without having visited ALL its points of interest...

For a detailed program of the 30 days of this tour, read our article: Discover the best itinerary to visit South Africa in 1 month

How many days does it take to visit South Africa? The best itinerary to visit South Africa in 30 days: Lesotho and the Drakensbergs

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