22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  17​h
1
Johannesburg
— 4 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
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Glasgow

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.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg day trip website .

Glasgow, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Glasgow to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. In January, Johannesburg is warmer than Glasgow - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument
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 11th (Sat) 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, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Idube Game Reserve, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kruger National Park itinerary builder .

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. January in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) 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 Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa) and Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview). The adventure continues: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Qualito Craft Distillery
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then make a trip to Roger Young Gallery. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn online driving holiday 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. When traveling from Hoedspruit in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at 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 photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time 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

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape Town travel route planner .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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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