17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Franschhoek
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Wilderness
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Johannesburg
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Union Buildings in Pretoria (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, try your luck at Emperors Palace, and ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg online travel route builder .

London, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Johannesburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Nelson Mandela Square, Emperors Palace
Highlights from your plan
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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.
On the 10th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site and then explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online trip maker .

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. September in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Masorini Archaeological Site ©
Masorini Archaeological Site

few
hours
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 12th (Thu), stop by Kumbaya Home Decor and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit road trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Kumbaya Home Decor ©
Kumbaya Home Decor

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, do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planning app .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Cape Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hoedspruit in September; daily highs in Cape Town reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

1
night
Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
On the 16th (Mon), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Franschhoek Pass, then see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Eikehof.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Franschhoek fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Cape Town to Franschhoek in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Franschhoek can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Highlights from your plan
First South African Perfume Museum ©
First South African Perfume Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Swellendam route planner.

Drive from Franschhoek to Swellendam in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Wilderness.

Things to do in Swellendam

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

1
night
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum and then take some stellar pictures from Map of Africa Viewpoint.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilderness vacation tool .

Getting from Swellendam to Wilderness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Museums

Side Trip

Outeniqua Transport Museum
Highlights from your plan
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Dolphin Point Lookout ©
Dolphin Point Lookout
Map of Africa Viewpoint ©
Map of Africa Viewpoint

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.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

Drive from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
St. Christopher Catholic Church ©
St. Christopher Catholic Church

1
night
Port Elizabeth

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Elizabeth driving holiday app .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris

few
hours
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to South Western Townships and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg holiday website .

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Elizabeth, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct
South Western Townships ©
South Western Townships

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