21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cape Town
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nieuwoudtville
— 1 night
Drive
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Garies
Drive
4
Springbok
— 1 night
Drive
5
Augrabies Falls National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
Drive
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive
8
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive
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Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive
10
Cape Town
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Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
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Cape Town

— 8 nights

Mother City

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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and kick back and relax at Camp's Bay Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online tour itinerary planner.

Milan, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Cape Town is 1 hour. When traveling from Milan in August, plan for much colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to Nieuwoudtville.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Nieuwoudtville

— 1 night
To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nieuwoudtville visit planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Nieuwoudtville in 4 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nieuwoudtville, with lows of 3°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off to Garies.

Things to do in Nieuwoudtville

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Museums

Garies

Garies is a small agricultural centre situated in South Africa's Northern Cape province about 110 km south of Springbok, the chief town of the Namaqualand district. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for gifts at Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Garies online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nieuwoudtville to Garies by car takes about 2 hours. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Springbok.

Things to do in Garies

Shopping

Springbok

— 1 night
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Springbok itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Garies to Springbok takes 1.5 hours. In August in Springbok, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Springbok

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 2 nights
On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Augrabies Falls National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Springbok to Augrabies Falls National Park in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Graaff-Reinet

— 1 night
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
You've now added The Owl House to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at The Owl House and then stroll through Valley of Desolation.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet travel planner.

Traveling by car from Augrabies Falls National Park to Graaff-Reinet takes 8 hours. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 1 night
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.
To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tsitsikamma National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Tsitsikamma National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online attractions planner.

Drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Oudtshoorn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tsitsikamma National Park in September since evenings lows in Oudtshoorn dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Hermanus

— 1 night
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Shopping

Cape Town

Mother City

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 5th (Sun), you're off to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife

Kruger National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kruger National Park: Hoedspruit (Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Kumbaya Home Decor, &more). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 7th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park itinerary maker website.

Fly from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: high temperatures in Kruger National Park hover around 32°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.