23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  9​h
1
Pretoria
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Sabie
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre has been added to your itinerary.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pretoria vacation website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Pretoria is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. In July, Pretoria is much colder than Tel Aviv - with highs of 17°C and lows of 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Durban.

Things to do in Pretoria

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Highlights from your plan
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre ©
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Durban trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Pretoria to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Pretoria, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durban, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 16°C. You'll set off for Port Elizabeth on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Durban

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving

1
night
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa, then take in the views from Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge), and then try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Port Elizabeth is a bit cooler than Durban - with highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Museums Casinos Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Storms River bridge ©
Storms River bridge

1
night
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Mitchell's Brewery.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna route maker .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Knysna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. July in Knysna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

2
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Lembu Gallery & Studio, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then see the sky in a new way at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Hermanus takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Knysna in July since evenings lows in Hermanus dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cape of Good Hope and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, get great views at Maclear's Beacon, and wander the streets of Bo-kaap.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online trip maker .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Nelspruit online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nelspruit: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 12°C at night. You will leave for Hoedspruit on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

6
nights
Hoedspruit

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.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Masorini Archaeological Site and iNyoka Art Gallery. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Idube Game Reserve in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, about 1h 15 min away.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by flight from Pretoria to Hoedspruit takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pretoria in July, you will find days in Hoedspruit are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are slightly colder (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sabie.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

1
night
Sabie

Sabie ©
Sabie is a forestry town situated on the banks of the Sabie River in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, then enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window, then cruise along Panorama Route, and finally don't miss a visit to Pilgrims Rest.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sabie road trip app .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Sabie by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sabie are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sabie

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Graskop, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, God's Window
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Wonder View ©
Wonder View

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