25 days in South Africa Itinerary

25 days in South Africa Itinerary

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25 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Vancouver

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: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, get great views at Cape Point, and stroll through Clifton Beaches.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary builder .

Vancouver, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 10 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in January; daily highs in Cape Town reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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.
On the 6th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay online road trip planner .

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cape Town in February: highs in Plettenberg Bay hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then don't miss a visit to Roger Young Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

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You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Roger Young Gallery, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World and then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Durban day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Durban takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Durban is somewhat warmer than Oudtshoorn - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Makiwa Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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 13th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Durban to Kruger National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Durban in February, Kruger National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough 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 ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary & Elephant Whispers). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit day trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hazyview
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

4
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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Union Buildings, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, stop by Finders Keepers Market, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

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Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

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

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