19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  18​h 15​min
1
Oudtshoorn
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

1
day
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 26th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Head underground at Cango Caves, and then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip planning site .

Mumbai, India to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mumbai to Oudtshoorn due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in October; daily highs in Oudtshoorn reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and then hike along Otter Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Otter Trail, Knysna Elephant Park
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

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, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, admire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip maker tool .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Safaris (in Phalaborwa) and Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary & Elephant Whispers). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip maker site .

You can fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in November, you will find days in Hoedspruit are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

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 6th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, stroll through Idube Game Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

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

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Pretoria to see Voortrekker Monument about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and try your luck at Gold Reef City.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg attractions planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. November in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Theme Parks Casinos Outdoors

Side Trips

Voortrekker Monument, Nelson Mandela Square
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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