22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hazyview
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Durban
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), get your game on at Randburg Raceway and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg online tour itinerary builder .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

5
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 5th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, and stroll through Bushmans Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

3
nights
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.
Hoedspruit is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, nightlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and get outside with Siyafunda Conservation.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit online day trip planner .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

2
nights
Hazyview

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
On the 12th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then stroll through Elephant Whispers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop, and then stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview driving holiday planning tool .

Take a bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Hazyview are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Zipline
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

1
night
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Beach, then have some family-friendly fun at Epic Karting Galleria, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durban day trip site .

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hazyview in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Durban, with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Epic Karting Galleria, Umhlanga Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Epic Karting Galleria ©
Epic Karting Galleria

1
night
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 15th (Sun), 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.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in December, expect Oudtshoorn to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can 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.
Bring the kids along to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planning site .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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