21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa itinerary planner

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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Bus
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cederberg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg

— 2 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.
Spend the 25th (Thu) trying your luck at Gold Reef City. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, take in the exciting artwork at Art Eye Gallery, and wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Johannesburg. March in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 3 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.
Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Safaris in Hazyview, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kruger National Park

— 4 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.
Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 31st (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip builder tool.

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Town day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cape Town are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cederberg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Cederberg

— 3 nights
Take a break from Cederberg with a short trip to Hantam National Botanical Garden in Nieuwoudtville, about 1h 30 min away.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cederberg tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Cederberg takes 3 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in April, expect nights in Cederberg to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cederberg

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
On the 11th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cederberg to Oudtshoorn takes 6 hours. Traveling from Cederberg in April, expect nights in Oudtshoorn to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

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 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and finally explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay tour planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.

Western Cape travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Mountains
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.