28 days in South Africa Itinerary

28 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip maker

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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
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Mossel Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Agulhas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 7 nights

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Kruger National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Sweni Wilderness Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Kruger National Park side-trips: Hoedspruit (Kumbaya Home Decor & Tshukudu Game Lodge). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Cape Town to Kruger National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Garden Route National Park and Knysna Lagoon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and Buffalo Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Brenton on Sea (in Knysna). There's much more to do: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, and kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay attractions website.

Fly from Kruger National Park to Plettenberg Bay in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kruger National Park in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Mossel Bay

— 4 nights

Bay of Attraction

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Appreciate the collections at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Cape Palette Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Wilderness Beach and Shark Diving. Change things up with these side-trips from Mossel Bay: Wilderness (Wilderness National Park & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). And it doesn't end there: stroll through St. Blaize Trail, tee off at Pinnacle Point Golf Club, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Mossel Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Tue), indulge your senses at Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then don't miss a visit to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Shipwreck Museum, then Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Caves, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas road trip planning site.

Drive from Mossel Bay to Cape Agulhas in 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Cape Agulhas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hermanus

— 4 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Franschhoek Pass and Drostdy Museum. Get outdoors at Grotto Beach and Swellendam Golf Course. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Marbrin Olive Growers (in Robertson) and Die Biltong Boetiek (in Swellendam). There's still lots to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Hermanus road trip planning app.

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island Museum and Constantia Glen Winery. Let the collections at Franschhoek Motor Museum and The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Afrikaans Language Monument (in Paarl) and Eikehof (in Franschhoek). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Beau Constantia, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

For photos and tourist information, read our Cape Town day trip planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.