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In late summer and at the beginning of autumn, the conditions in South Africa are very favourable for travelling. At that time of the year one can also go on a tour without having booked accommodation in advance, because school holidays no longer fall into this period. Our suggested Route 2 starts in Cape Town, leads through the Winelands at Paarl - the grape harvest is just starting and then to the Cedarberg Mountains. Here the temperature becomes more pleasant and hikers can dare to go for longer trips. Now it goes through the Karoo to the Garden Route and then along the coastline up in the direction of Natal. At this stage, rewarding excursions to the game parks of Umfolozi and Hluhluwe or Mkuzi and the St Lucia Wetlands are possible. The tour continues through the Drakensberg with the Royal Natal National Park, via Kimberley and inland to Sun City, Pretoria and eventually Jo'burg. At this time of the year it is usually still too hot and humid to visit the Kruger National Park, particularly because the vegetation is still too lush and dense for good animal viewing and photographing.

Itinerary:

Cape Town - Cape Peninsula: Southern Tip = 60 km
Southern Tip - Stellenbosch 60 km
Stellenbosch - Franschhoek - Paarl = 60 km
Paarl - Clanwilliam = 200 km
Clanwilliam - Lambert's Bay = 70 km
Lambert's Bay - Clanwilliam = 70 km
Clanwilliam - Karoo N.P. (Beaufort West) = 530 km
Karoo N.P. - Oudtshoorn = 190 km
Oudtshoorn (via Wilderness) - Knysna = 120 km
Knysna - Port Elizabeth = 280 km
Port Elizabeth - East London = 310 km
East London - Umtata = 240 km
Umtata - Coffee Bay = 90 km
Coffee Bay - Umtata = 90 km
Umtata - Durban = 440 km
Durban - Eshowe = 100 km
Eshowe - Umfolozi = 150 km
Umfolozi - St. Lucia G.R. = 80 km
St. Lucia - Mkuzi G.R. = 130 km
Mkuzi (via Vryheid) - Blood River = 200 km
Blood River - Royal Natal N.P. = 250 km
Royal Natal - Golden Gate N.P. = 140 km
Golden Gate - Bloemfontein = 310 km
Bloemfontein - Kimberley = 180 km
Kimberley - Sun City = 530 km
Sun City - Pretoria = 140 km
Pretoria - Johannesburg = 60 km.

Travel routes in Southern Africa for different seasons

Depending on the season, different travel routes are favourable for travelling within South Africa. We have put some very interesting itineraries together for you. The time required for each of them amounts to three or four weeks. If you don't have that much time, it is recommended to choose a part of an itinerary, instead of "doing" the country in a rush.

Find detailed information on the different sections of the routes and accommodation along the routes in the
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