21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa journey planner

Make it your trip
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Johannesburg
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Polokwane
— 1 night
Drive
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Kruger National Park
— 16 nights
Drive
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Komatipoort
— 1 night
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Johannesburg
— 1 day
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Johannesburg

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.
To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, things will get a bit cooler in Johannesburg: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. You will leave for Polokwane on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Polokwane

— 1 night
Polokwane, meaning "Place of Safety" in Northern Sotho, is a city in the Polokwane Local Municipality and the capital of the Limpopo province, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): browse the different shops at Mall of the North and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Polokwane Game Reserve.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Polokwane travel route builder tool.

Drive from Johannesburg to Polokwane in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Polokwane

Shopping · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

Kruger National Park

— 16 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kruger National Park: Hoedspruit (Spas, Tshukudu Game Lodge, &more) and Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa). Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 31st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, stroll through Nyalaland Wilderness Trail, explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels, and enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Polokwane to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Polokwane in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kruger National Park, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Komatipoort.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 14:

Komatipoort

— 1 night
Komatipoort is a town situated at the confluence of the Crocodile and Komati Rivers in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Discover Kruger Safaris.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Komatipoort visit planning app.

You can drive from Kruger National Park to Komatipoort in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Komatipoort

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

Johannesburg

— 1 day

City of Light

On the 15th (Sun), examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg online journey builder.

Getting from Komatipoort to Johannesburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

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.