22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

4
nights
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.
Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, and take an in-depth tour of Nelson Mandela Foundation.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip builder website .

Mumbai, India to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mumbai to Johannesburg. Traveling from Mumbai in December, you will find days in Johannesburg are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Walking tours, & more), Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). There's more to do: stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

3
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: The Elephant Sanctuary (in Hazyview) and Kruger National Park (Safaris & Napi Wilderness Trail). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves and look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit online route maker .

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, The Elephant Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Cape Town fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park), The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park & Knysna Heads). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay travel planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge, The Dolphin Trail
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): stop by Bella-Mia Pottery, then Head underground at Cango Caves, then experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and finally cruise along Swartberg Pass.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online tour planner .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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

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