15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Hannover
train + Fly:  17​h
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Hannover

1
night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, then try your luck at Montecasino, and then don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg road trip planning site .

Hannover, Germany to Johannesburg is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hannover to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hannover in October, plan for warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument
Highlights from your plan
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

3
nights
Nelspruit

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nelspruit: Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview). Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Johannesburg to Nelspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Safaris, Elephant Whispers
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

2
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
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.
On the 1st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit attractions planner .

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan

1
day
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn journey maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in November, expect nights in Oudtshoorn to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

1
night
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Birds of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape of Good Hope, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Plettenberg Bay, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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