23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

— 3 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.
Spend the 27th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Gold Reef City, steep yourself in history at Walter Sisulu Square, and make a trip to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, and tee off at Drakensig Golf Club.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

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 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 5th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at AM Spa Kruger, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, and stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip builder app.

Take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in December, you will find days in Cape Town are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna Heads (in Knysna) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Suspension Bridge, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and relax and rejuvenate at Thai Massage Healing Hands.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · 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.