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
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
3
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Durban
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, then contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and finally explore the galleries of I was shot in Joburg. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by James Findlay - Collectable Books & Maps, try your luck at Montecasino, and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg tour planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Casinos

Side Trip

Montecasino
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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.
When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, get to know the resident critters at Kinyonga Reptile Center, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Elephant Whispers
Highlights from your plan
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Kinyonga Reptile Center ©
Kinyonga Reptile Center
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 21st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park day trip planning app .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

1
night
Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World and then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Durban road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Durban in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Durban, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
Highlights from your plan
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

1
night
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 25th (Wed): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Durban to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Oudtshoorn is little chillier than Durban - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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

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 26th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, then stroll through Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and finally stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and then trek along The Dolphin Trail.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

7
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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