23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa travel planner

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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg
— 5 nights
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Cape Town

— 6 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town vacation tool.

Manchester, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, things will get warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Plettenberg Bay

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, then stroll through Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and then hike along Waterfall Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in January: highs in Plettenberg Bay hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, then take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort, then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and finally Head underground at Cango Caves. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kruger National Park

— 4 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.
Spend the 3rd (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Oudtshoorn to Kruger National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Oudtshoorn in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & The Elephant Sanctuary). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, browse the exhibits of iNyoka Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Hoedspruit tour planner.

You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Johannesburg

— 5 nights

City of Light

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, historic sites, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, gain some tasty knowledge on Time Anchor Distillery, try to win big at Gold Reef City, and wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

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You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks

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.