23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Graskop
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Town
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  25​h
End: Washington DC

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Ukuthula Designs. Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Step out of Hoedspruit to go to Kruger National Park and see Masorini Archaeological Site, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit online route builder .

Washington DC, USA to Hoedspruit is an approximately 32-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Hoedspruit due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Hoedspruit to be much hotter, temps between 85°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

2
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Panorama Route, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, and then admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, then explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lisbon Falls.

Discover how to plan a Graskop trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Graskop takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Graskop are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Lone Creek Falls, Three Roundavels
Highlights from your plan
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes

3
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.
Visiting Sudwala Caves and Elephant Whispers will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview and Africa Joy. Step out of Nelspruit with an excursion to Safaris in Kruger National Park--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Graskop to Nelspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Safaris, Africa Joy
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Radical Raptors and Brenton on Sea. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Wilderness Beach and Buffalo Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George) and The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, take an in-depth tour of Old Gaol and Art Gallery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Sedgefield Craft Brewery.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Knysna online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Nelspruit to Knysna by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nelspruit in December: highs in Knysna hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach, Outeniqua Transport Museum
Highlights from your plan
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then kick back and relax at Struisbaai Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Agulhas trip planner .

Drive from Knysna to Cape Agulhas in 4.5 hours. December in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step out of the city life by going to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and Grotto Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Voelklip Beach and Shark Diving. Change things up with a short trip to Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty's Bay (about 50 minutes away). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Platteklip Gorge and Bloubergstrand Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and High Constantia Wine Cellar. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) 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
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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