17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
5
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 30 min
6
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Cape Town

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, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town itinerary site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Cape Town. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Head underground at Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stroll through Birds of Eden, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 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 your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Wineries

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

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nights
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.
Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and stop by James Findlay - Collectable Books & Maps.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg vacation planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Montecasino, Voortrekker Monument
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©

4
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
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 19th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, trek along Lonely Bull Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park route tool .

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Hazyview to see Elephant Whispers about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, browse the exhibits of iNyoka Art Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hoedspruit online trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Elephant Whispers
Highlights from your plan
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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