20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Hazyview
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
4
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly to Port Elizabeth, Bus to Graaff-Reinet
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Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
Drive
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Stanford
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Bhangazi Horse Safaris, then explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Emdoneni Cheetah project and then stroll through Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the St Lucia road trip planning website.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to St Lucia is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hazyview.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Elephant Whispers. Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Nelspruit (Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Safaris, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels, take in panoramic vistas at God's Window, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Perry's Bridge Reptile Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hazyview day trip planning app.

You can fly from St Lucia to Hazyview in 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 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

You can plan Kruger National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Hazyview to Kruger National Park takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Hoedspruit

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Hippo Jessica, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, then stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, and finally stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit tour planner.

You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Graaff-Reinet

— 1 night
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 2nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James the Great Anglican Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, and finally appreciate the history behind The War Memorial.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Graaff-Reinet trip maker site.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Graaff-Reinet by combination of flight and bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, then stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then walk around Plett Puzzle Park, and finally snap pictures at Suspension Bridge. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay day trip site.

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Stanford.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Stanford

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then experience rural life at Klein River Cheese, and finally meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Stanford trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Stanford in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Stanford, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stanford

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Cape Town

— 5 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Twelve Apostles and Bloubergstrand Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek), Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Dorp Street (in Stellenbosch). There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and look for gifts at Baraka Gifts and Decor.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip tool.

Drive from Stanford to Cape Town in 2 hours. May in Cape Town sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will leave for home on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.