24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  18​h
4
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Sun City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: New Delhi

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.
Family-friendly places like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip website .

New Delhi, India to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Cape Town. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Cape Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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 31st (Tue): stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then cool off at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

3
nights
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 2nd (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then learn about winemaking at Karusa Vineyards. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn holiday tool .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Hazyview to see Elephant Whispers about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, get to know the resident critters at Kinyonga Reptile Center, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Hoedspruit in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Oudtshoorn in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hoedspruit: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Kinyonga Reptile Center ©
Kinyonga Reptile Center
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 9th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and stroll through Idube Game Reserve.

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Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Sun City.

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

2
nights
Sun City

Sun City ©
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get your game on at The Maze of the Lost City and then cool off at Valley of Waves. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pilanesberg National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Sun City trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Sun City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Sun City

Wildlife Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pilanesberg National Park ©
Pilanesberg National Park
Valley of Waves ©
Valley of Waves

3
nights
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, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg vacation builder .

You can drive from Sun City to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In January, Johannesburg is a bit cooler than Sun City - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Casinos Wildlife

Side Trip

Nelson Mandela Square
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Johannesburg Zoo ©
Johannesburg Zoo
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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