12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 1 night
Drive
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Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly to Port Elizabeth, Bus to Graaff-Reinet
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Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
Drive
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 3 nights

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Hoedspruit

— 1 night
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, then stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary builder app.

Cape Town to Hoedspruit is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hoedspruit, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nelspruit

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): try your luck at Emnotweni Casino, then Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nelspruit trip planner.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos · Wildlife

Graaff-Reinet

— 1 night
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James the Great Anglican Church, and then examine the collection at The Reinet House.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nelspruit to Graaff-Reinet in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 1 night
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): hike along Otter Trail and then snap pictures at Suspension Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tsitsikamma National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Tsitsikamma National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Knysna

— 3 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Redberry Farm and Garden Route National Park. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to George (Outeniqua Transport Museum, Montagu Pass Old Toll House, &more), The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip app.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 3 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours and Groot Constantia. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and hunt for treasures at The Old Biscuit Mill.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Town sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in June, Cape Town is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Tours

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.