22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Seattle

4
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, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Cape Town. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in July: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 64°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

1
night
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, tour the pleasant surroundings at Otter Trail, then take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bitou Art Gallery. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Waterfall Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tsitsikamma National Park attractions planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tsitsikamma National Park are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge

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.
Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Hazyview (Elephant Whispers, The Elephant Sanctuary, & more). Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves and stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tsitsikamma National Park to Nelspruit takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tsitsikamma National Park in August, expect nights in Nelspruit to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Hazyview
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline

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 9th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail, stroll around Nkuhlu Picnic Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails
Highlights from your plan
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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 Panorama Route (in Graskop) and Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, God's Window, Panorama Route
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

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, make a trip to South Western Townships, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg sightseeing website .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Hoedspruit in August, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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