25 days in South Africa Itinerary

25 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa planner

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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 1 night
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Graskop
— 3 nights
Drive
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Clarens
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Hermanus
— 1 night
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Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg itinerary planning site.

Chattanooga, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chattanooga to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Chattanooga in July; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 22°C and lows reach 5°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Kruger National Park

— 1 night
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.
To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in July: high temperatures in Kruger National Park hover around 26°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Graskop

— 3 nights
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Graskop online route planner.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Graskop in 3.5 hours. In July in Graskop, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Clarens.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Clarens

— 2 nights
Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Clarens trip builder tool.

You can drive from Graskop to Clarens in 7 hours. Traveling from Graskop in July, things will get little chillier in Clarens: highs are around 19°C and lows about -1°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Clarens

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Port Elizabeth

— 3 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth road trip site.

Traveling by car from Clarens to Port Elizabeth takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Clarens in July, expect Port Elizabeth to be a bit warmer, temps between 23°C and 9°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Plettenberg Bay

— 3 nights
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.
To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 27th (Tue), you're off to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Hermanus

— 1 night
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Hermanus online holiday builder.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hermanus, with lows around 8°C. On the 28th (Wed), you're off to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Shopping

Stellenbosch

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): look for gifts at The Red Teapot Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Rhenish Mission Church, then learn about winemaking at DeMorgenzon Winery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at True Oasis Boutique Spa.

Before you visit Stellenbosch, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Hermanus to Stellenbosch in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Historic Sites · Spas · Wineries · Shopping

Cape Town

— 5 nights

Mother City

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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip planner.

Drive from Stellenbosch to Cape Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Cape Town are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 4th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.