15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Cape Town International Airport, Drive to West Coast National Park
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West Coast National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly
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St Lucia
— 1 night
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly

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West Coast National Park

— 1 night
Witness the spring blossoms and vivid birdlife in West Coast National Park, among the richest in Western Cape.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve and then explore the striking landscape of West Coast National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the West Coast National Park trip builder site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to West Coast National Park is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in August: high temperatures in West Coast National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in West Coast National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Cape Town

— 5 nights

Mother City

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, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planning tool.

You can drive from West Coast National Park to Cape Town in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Outdoors

Plettenberg Bay

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, then take in the views from Suspension Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Birds of Eden, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay travel route builder.

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to St Lucia.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

St Lucia

— 1 night
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 5th (Sun), walk around iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read St Lucia road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to St Lucia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Kruger National Park

— 3 nights
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Spend the 8th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve and relax and rejuvenate at AM Spa Kruger.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kruger National Park road trip planning tool.

Fly from St Lucia to Kruger National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Johannesburg

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, don't miss a visit to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, then browse the exhibits of I was shot in Joburg, and finally stop by Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.