18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

2
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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Union Buildings, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, and look for gifts at Deer Design.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary planning site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

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

3
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 20th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To plan Kruger National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can 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
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

3
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.
Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

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
Spas

5
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, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoedspruit in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Cape Town, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Jude's Anglican Church.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn route builder site .

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. In December, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Doornkraal Padstal
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Doornkraal Padstal ©
Doornkraal Padstal

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). There's much more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, sample the tasty concoctions at Mitchell's Brewery, and make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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