24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 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
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Johannesburg

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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, wildlife, theme parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Johannesburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sandton
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

4
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 6th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our 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. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, expect Kruger National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

3
nights
Hazyview

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hazyview: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, & more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Hazyview sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nelspruit
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris
Zipline

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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

Plan trip to Durban with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to Durban in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hazyview in July since evenings lows in Durban dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then cruise along Swartberg Pass, and finally learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Durban in July; daily highs in Oudtshoorn reach 21°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Doornkraal Padstal
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Doornkraal Padstal ©
Doornkraal Padstal

3
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.
When in Plettenberg Bay, make a side trip to see The Dolphin Trail in Storms River, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church, trek along Otter Trail, and don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip maker .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Plettenberg Bay when traveling from Oudtshoorn in July, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna Elephant Park, The Dolphin Trail
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, stroll through Signal Hill, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town road trip app .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cape Town, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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