20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly to King Shaka International Airport, Drive to St Lucia
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hazyview
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
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Hoedspruit
— 1 night
Fly
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Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly

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St Lucia

— 2 nights
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 2nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Bhangazi Horse Safaris, explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emdoneni Cheetah project and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the St Lucia trip itinerary maker site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to St Lucia is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Traveling from Jeddah to St Lucia, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hazyview.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Hazyview

— 3 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Take a break from the city and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Elephant Whispers. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hazyview: The White River Gallery (in White River), Nelspruit (Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Joubert en Seuns Padstal, &more) and Wonder View (in Graskop). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels and admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview trip planner.

Traveling by flight from St Lucia to Hazyview takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Kruger National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Wolhuter Wilderness Trail. There's still lots to do: stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kruger National Park day trip tool.

You can drive from Hazyview to Kruger National Park in 3.5 hours. April in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Hoedspruit

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit itinerary site.

Take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Port Elizabeth

— 2 nights

Windy City

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 11th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, then stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, and finally stroll through Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Port Elizabeth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in April, expect nights in Port Elizabeth to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Plettenberg Bay

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, and finally kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach.

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Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 15th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony, then take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio, then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hermanus trip app.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Hermanus sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bloubergstrand Beach and Chapman's Peak Drive. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Platteklip Gorge, explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 20th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

South Africa travel guide

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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.