27 days in South Africa Itinerary

27 days in South Africa Itinerary

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27 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  16​h
1
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Hazyview
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
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 3rd (Thu): Head underground at Cango Caves, then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, and then view the masterpieces at Cape Palette Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in October, with highs in Oudtshoorn at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

George
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
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.
Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Garden Route National Park (in Knysna) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's still lots to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, hike along Otter Trail, and snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay attractions planning app .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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: get great views at Cape Point, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Town road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

3
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Delgoa Arts & Crafts (in Graskop) and Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves, Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Hazyview in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Delgoa Arts & Crafts, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

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 Phalaborwa to see Safaris about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Safaris
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

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 20th (Sun) 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 Bushmans Trail, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip builder site .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

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Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 28th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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