23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 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
— 3 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 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mandela House and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg online trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In August, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Room Escape Games
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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 20th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kruger National Park when traveling from Johannesburg in August, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness 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.
Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Safaris in Phalaborwa, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get to know the resident critters at Kinyonga Reptile Center.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Delgoa Arts & Crafts (in Graskop) and Sudwala Caves (in Nelspruit). And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Elephant Sanctuary, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hazyview trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hazyview by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sudwala Caves, Delgoa Arts & Crafts, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Zipline
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

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 30th (Fri): kick back and relax at Umhlanga Beach, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then get your game on at Epic Karting Galleria.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Durban route planner.

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Durban when traveling from Hazyview in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Umhlanga Beach, KartingKZN Galleria
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
KartingKZN Galleria ©
KartingKZN 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 31st (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn route builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Durban to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Durban in August: high temperatures in Oudtshoorn hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Birds of Eden and then trek along The Dolphin Trail. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oudtshoorn in August since evenings lows in Plettenberg Bay dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

The Dolphin Trail, Knysna Heads
Highlights from your plan
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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 Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, hike along Platteklip Gorge, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and admire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town tour planner .

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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