22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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St Lucia
— 2 nights
Fly to Nelspruit, Taxi to Hoedspruit
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
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Gansbaai
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 9 nights
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St Lucia

— 2 nights
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, stroll through Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park and then browse the fresh offerings at Zamimpilo Community Market.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the St Lucia trip itinerary builder app.

Paris, France to St Lucia is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Lisbon Falls. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, approximately Hazyview away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hoedspruit vacation planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from St Lucia to Hoedspruit in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In August in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Featherbed Nature Reserve and Elephant Sanctuary The Crags. Step off the beaten path and head to Plettenberg Beach and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Brenton on Sea), Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip builder website.

Fly from Hoedspruit to Plettenberg Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in August, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to fly to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Gansbaai

— 3 nights
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Get in touch with nature at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Explore hidden gems such as Dyer Island Cruises and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Oh My ArtsCrafts (in Napier), Waenhuiskrans Caves (in Arniston) and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in L'Agulhas).

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gansbaai trip maker website.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Gansbaai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Gansbaai, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 9 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chapman's Peak Drive and Twelve Apostles. Do some cultural sightseeing at Earthstompers Adventures and First South African Perfume Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek (La Motte Wine Estate, Glenwood Vineyards, &more), Nederburg Wines (in Paarl) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at West Coast National Park, learn about winemaking at Delaire Graff Estate, explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gansbaai to Cape Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.