21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
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Johannesburg
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Sabie
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Graskop
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
5
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Wilderness
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Jeffreys Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h
11
Franschhoek
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
12
Cape Town
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
13
Johannesburg
— 1 night
End: Johannesburg

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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 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Regina Mundi, then examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Satyagraha House, and finally contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg road trip app.

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major aiports are O R Tambo International and Pilanesberg International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sabie.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lindfield Victorian House Museum ©
Lindfield Victorian House Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
Satyagraha House ©
Satyagraha House

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Sabie

Sabie ©
Sabie is a forestry town situated on the banks of the Sabie River in Mpumalanga, South Africa. On the 9th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Mary Shire Falls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Forest Falls Nature Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Plan trip to Sabie with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Johannesburg to Sabie in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Sabie. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Sabie

Parks Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sabi Sand Game Reserve ©
Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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Graskop

Graskop
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Graskop tour planner.

Graskop is just a stone's throw from Sabie. In August, daily temperatures in Graskop can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You will leave for Kruger National Park on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Graskop

Outdoors Parks Nature

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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.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site and then hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Graskop to Kruger National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail
Masorini Archaeological Site ©
Masorini Archaeological Site

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tee off at Randpark Golf Club.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Johannesburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Randpark Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Randpark Golf Club ©
Randpark Golf Club

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia. Step off the beaten path and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Chapman's Peak Drive. The adventure continues: trek along Platteklip Gorge, browse the exhibits of Osner Gallery | Private Collection, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
Highlights from your plan
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Lembu Gallery & Studio.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Hermanus are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wilderness.

Things to do in Hermanus

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lembu Gallery & Studio ©
Lembu Gallery & Studio

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Wilderness

Wilderness
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wilderness travel planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Wilderness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Wilderness, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. You will leave for Plettenberg Bay on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Wilderness

Outdoors Tours Parks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay tour planner.

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Plettenberg Bay when traveling from Wilderness in August, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

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Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Thanks to the proximity of top tourist spots, Jeffreys Bay vacations allow you to surf, fish, tag sharks, watch wildlife, ride horses along the beach, and experience the world's highest bungee jump all on the same day.
Visit Paradise Beach and Seal Point for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Baviaans Camino and African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. There's more to do: stroll through Chokka Trail and see the interesting displays at Jeffrey's Bay Shell Museum (Charlotte Kritzinger Shell Museum).

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Jeffreys Bay trip planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Jeffreys Bay by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Eastern Cape, African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, Seal Point
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Seal Point ©
Seal Point
African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary ©
African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary

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Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons Tasting Centre and Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. Stony Brook Vineyards and Paserene are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Leopard's Leap and view the masterpieces at Franschhoek Art House.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Franschhoek journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jeffreys Bay to Franschhoek. In August, daytime highs in Franschhoek are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Maison Estate ©
Maison Estate
Stony Brook Vineyards ©
Stony Brook Vineyards
Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room ©
Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Cape Point.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Franschhoek to Cape Town by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
On the 28th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg visit planning website.

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in August, you will find days in Johannesburg are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct

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