20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa itinerary planner

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Pretoria
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
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Durban
— 3 nights
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Bloemfontein
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Pretoria

— 3 nights
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
You've added Lesedi Cultural Village, Adventures with Elephants, Pretoria National Botanical Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Pretoria: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam (in Hartbeespoort). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, steep yourself in history at Union Buildings, and see the interesting displays at Kruger House Museum.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read our Pretoria trip app.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Pretoria is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Pretoria, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Johannesburg

— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hector Pieterson Museum, The Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & Other Townships - Daily tours through the eyes of a photojournalist, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, laugh and play at Gold Reef City, and contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Pretoria to Johannesburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Pretoria in September, you will find days in Johannesburg are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Theme Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Durban

— 3 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Valley of a 1000 Hills as well as Umgeni River Bird Park. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at uShaka Marine World, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Mile.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Durban trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Durban takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in September since evenings lows in Durban dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Bloemfontein

— 2 nights

City of Roses

Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J. R. R. Tolkien, Bloemfontein blends a variety of African and European cultures, creating an environment suited for both business and leisure.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bagamoya Wildlife Estate as well as The National Museum. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at The National Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Anglo Boer War Museum, and finally get great views at Naval Hill. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Free State National Botanical Garden and then stroll through Bagamoya Wildlife Estate.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Bloemfontein online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Bloemfontein takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Durban in September since evenings lows in Bloemfontein dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Port Elizabeth

— 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve, Shamwari Game Reserve, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll around St George's Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, and then admire the natural beauty at Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth attractions planner.

You can fly from Bloemfontein to Port Elizabeth in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bloemfontein in September, you will find days in Port Elizabeth are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:

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.