20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

3
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.
Do your shopping at Art Eye Gallery and I was shot in Joburg. Visit Constitution Hill and Mandela House for their historical value. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market, take in the exciting artwork at Bag Factory Artist Studios, and explore the galleries of Everard Read Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

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.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. You'll explore and learn at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Amarula Lapa in Phalaborwa (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hoedspruit vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa
Highlights from your plan
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

3
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Kruger National Park. Shop till you drop at Katundo Leather Shop and The White River Gallery. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at i'langa Mall and indulge your taste buds at Bagdad Farmers Market.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit route planner.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

White River, Katundo Leather Shop, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
i'langa Mall ©
i'langa Mall

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Museum-lovers will get to explore District Six Museum and Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, browse the different shops at Cape Quarter Mall, hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town online tour planner .

Fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island 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.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then stop by Die Biltong Boetiek, and finally explore the striking landscape of Bontebok National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Swellendam trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Swellendam takes 3 hours. In January in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bontebok National Park ©
Bontebok National Park
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

2
nights
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 12th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, then take in the exciting artwork at Greg Kerr Art Gallery, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and finally browse the exhibits of Cape Palette Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Palette Art Gallery, Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, Greg Kerr Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Cape Palette Art Gallery ©
Cape Palette Art Gallery
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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.
On the 14th (Tue), stop by The Potter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Bitou Art Gallery. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay holiday maker .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Knysna Elephant Park, Bitou Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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