22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa itinerary maker

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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Bus
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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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 some stellar pictures from Cape Point, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Cape Town online tour planner.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in February; daily highs in Cape Town reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Plettenberg Bay

— 3 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.
Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge, Otter Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Birds of Eden.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in March: highs in Oudtshoorn hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Outdoors

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 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and relax and rejuvenate at AM Spa Kruger.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Oudtshoorn to Kruger National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Oudtshoorn in March, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa). There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, explore the galleries of Kingfisher Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip builder app.

Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Johannesburg

— 4 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 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, try your luck at Montecasino, and take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.