18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Parys
— 4 nights
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Drive to OR Tambo International Airport, Fly to Hendrik Van Eck Airport, Drive to Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
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Colesberg
— 2 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
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Parys

— 4 nights
Parys is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State province of South Africa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Parys: Vanderbijlpark (De Garve Brewery & Aquadome at Emerald Resort), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Bela Bela) and Vereeniging (Kariba Ranch & Tapimanzi Adventures). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Vredefort Dome, see the interesting displays at Historic Motorcycle Museum, look for gifts at Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio, and relax in the rural setting at Oppie Plaas Parys.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Parys online driving holiday planner.

Cape Town to Parys is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Parys. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Parys

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Kruger National Park

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kruger National Park: Hoedspruit (Spas, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, &more). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail, contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site, and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park tour itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Parys to Kruger National Park. Traveling from Parys in July, Kruger National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colesberg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colesberg

— 2 nights
Colesberg is a town with 17,354 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, located on the main N1 road from Cape Town to Johannesburg.In a sheep-farming area spread over half-a-million hectares, greater Colesberg breeds many of the country's top merinos. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Colesberg-Kemper Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tiger Canyon Private Game Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gariep Dam Nature Reserve.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colesberg holiday planner.

Drive from Kruger National Park to Colesberg in 13 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Colesberg

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn

— 5 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Cape Palette Art Gallery (in George), Greg Kerr Art Gallery (in Prince Albert) and Meiringspoort (in De Rust). There's much more to do: Head underground at Cango Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, and experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn road trip planning tool.

Drive from Colesberg to Oudtshoorn in 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.