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The southern winter offers ideal conditions for exploration of the Kruger National Park and the arid inland. Therefore, a visit to the Kruger Park constitutes the beginning of this route. Then it leads to the Zulu Cultural Villages of Eshowe at the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Here one can breathe a little sea air, before going inland behind Durban into the Drakensberg. Here, one can expect snow even at this time of the year. The trip carries on into the Kalahari desert area, including the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which, offers excellent conditions for game viewing in this season. On the way back, one can plan a side-trip to Sun City and into Pretoria, before the route ends in Johannesburg.

Itinerary:

Johannesburg - Middelburg = 130 km
Middelburg - Blyde-River Canyon = 280 km
Blyde-River Canyon - Kruger Park = 280 km
Punda Maria Gate - Malelane Gate = 400 km
Kruger Park (Malelane Gate) - Ermelo = 260 km
Ermelo - Blood River - Ulundi = 380 km
Ulundi - Eshowe = 110 km
Eshowe - Durban = 100 km
Durban - Pietermaritzburg = 80 km
Pietermaritzburg - Giant's Castle = 140 km
Giant's Castle - Royal Natal N.P. = 160 km
Royal Natal N.P. - Golden Gate N.P. = 140 km
Golden Gate N.P. - Bloemfontein = 310 km
Bloemfontein - Kimberley = 180 km
Kimberley - Upington = 410 km
Upington - Twee Rivieren = 280 km
Twee Rivieren - Kuruman = 400 km
Kuruman - Vryburg - 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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