20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip maker

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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 10 nights
Drive
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Robertson
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg

— 3 nights

City of Light

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 some cultural sightseeing at Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Pretoria to see Union Buildings about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, contemplate the long history of Nelson Mandela Foundation, see the interesting displays at Origins Centre Museum, and try your luck at Montecasino.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 4 nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Amarula Lapa and Kingfisher Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hoedspruit, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 10 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Venture out of the city with trips to Franschhoek (La Bourgogne Farm, First South African Perfume Museum, &more) and Waterford Estate (in Stellenbosch). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, and admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Town tour planning app.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hoedspruit in May, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Robertson.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Robertson

— 2 nights
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Excelsior Wine Estate, learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, then learn about winemaking at Viljoensdrift, and finally take in the exciting artwork at IBIS Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Graham Beck Robertson Estate and then learn about winemaking at Four Cousins Tasting Room.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Robertson trip maker tool.

You can drive from Cape Town to Robertson in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Robertson can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.