24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 day
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Graskop
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
St Lucia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Johannesburg

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and MM Galleries. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stony Point Penguin Colony and Maclear's Beacon. Change things up with a short trip to West Coast National Park in West Coast National Park (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online vacation planner .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Cape Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Nepal Time (NPT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 3 hours. In July, Cape Town is much colder than Kathmandu - with highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

West Coast National Park, Stony Point Penguin Colony
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

4
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.
Get outdoors at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Outeniqua Transport Museum and Holy Trinity Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags), De Rust (Meiringspoort & Doornkraal Padstal) and Shark Diving (in Mossel Bay). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach, explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip maker site .

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Knysna when traveling from Cape Town in July, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, De Rust, Suspension Bridge, Outeniqua Transport Museum, Wilderness Beach
Highlights from your plan
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

1
day
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St James the Great Anglican Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, then see the interesting displays at Urquhart House Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Reinet House.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Whispers and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Visiting Safaris and Kruger National Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Graaff-Reinet to Nelspruit in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre and Three Roundavels. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Lisbon Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Graskop: Lone Creek Falls (in Sabie) and The Rock Shop (in Dullstroom). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Panorama Route, don't miss a visit to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga, explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Graskop vacation planner.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Graskop in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Graskop, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Dullstroom, Lone Creek Falls, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Highlights from your plan
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa) and Kruger National Park (Tshokwane Picnic Site, Masorini Archaeological Site, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Designs.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit route maker website .

Drive from Graskop to Hoedspruit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Veyane Cultural Village, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Vidal Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Tunga Needlework Studio and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hoedspruit to St Lucia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tunga Needlework Studio
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Tunga Needlework Studio ©
Tunga Needlework Studio

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