29 days in South Africa Itinerary

29 days in South Africa Itinerary

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29 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly:  28​h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
4
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Kelowna

6
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: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip builder site .

Kelowna, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Kelowna to Cape Town. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

4
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 Tsitsikamma National Park (Storms River Suspension Bridge & Otter Trail), The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Knysna Heads, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, The Dolphin Trail
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Meiringspoort (in De Rust), Wilderness (Tiny Shop & Wilderness Beach) and Dutch Reformed Mother Church (in George). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, cruise along Swartberg Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

De Rust, Wilderness, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

4
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: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Walking tours, & more), Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). It doesn't end there: stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Hoedspruit takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oudtshoorn in December: highs in Hoedspruit hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

4
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary & Elephant Whispers) and Kruger National Park (Safaris & Napi Wilderness Trail). Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, and Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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