22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sao Paulo

3
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, wildlife, theme parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg sightseeing planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Johannesburg, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

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

4
nights
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.
Spend the 31st (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

3
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: Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview) and Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa). There's still lots to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Qualito Craft Distillery, Elephant Whispers
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
On the 6th (Thu), Head underground at Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then make a trip to Roger Young Gallery. On the next day, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn online attractions planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in February, expect nights in Oudtshoorn to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dutch Reformed Mother Church, Roger Young Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
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.
On the 8th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

6
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: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. February in Cape Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 15th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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