20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
6
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Point and Robben Island Museum. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, get great views at Maclear's Beacon, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

Plan my day in Cape Town using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Amsterdam, Holland to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stroll through Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and then trek along Otter Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip maker app .

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 September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Knysna Elephant Park, Otter Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kruger National Park and Sudwala Caves. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary, Safaris, & more). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit driving holiday planner .

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Nelspruit in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, expect nights in Nelspruit to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Hazyview
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Bushmans Trail. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

3
nights
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.
Visiting Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Safaris
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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