27 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

27 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

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27 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

Start: Maputo, Mozambique
Drive:  3​h
1
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Hermanus, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Maputo, Mozambique


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3
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

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 Sudwala Caves. Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, try your luck at Emnotweni Casino, and stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit online attractions planner .

Maputo, Mozambique to Nelspruit is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Maputo in October; daily highs in Nelspruit reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Elephant Whispers
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

5
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Nkumbe View Site, Tshokwane Picnic Site, & more), Wonder View (in Graskop) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). The adventure continues: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, sample the fine beverages at Qualito Craft Distillery, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and do a tasting at Amarula Lapa.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. October in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Wonder View
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

4
nights
Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hermanus Cliff Path and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: De Hoop Nature Reserve (in Bredasdorp) and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, stroll through Kwaaiwater, learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines, and stop by Funky Vibes.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hermanus day trip planning app .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hermanus by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoedspruit in October, plan for slightly colder days in Hermanus, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©

6
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Company's Gardens and Franschhoek Motor Museum. There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape Point, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Franschhoek Motor Museum, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

5
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Suspension Bridge and Knysna Lagoon. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Jandreart Studio, & more), Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the 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. Traveling from Cape Town in October, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge, Wilderness Beach, Outeniqua Transport Museum
Highlights from your plan
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

2
nights
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Walvis Bay (about 1h 05 min away).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Namib-Naukluft Park trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Plettenberg Bay to Namib-Naukluft Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Walvis Bay
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Off-Road Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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