21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Train + Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Durban
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h
4
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  14 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Durban

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Thompson's Bay Beach and Durban Botanic Gardens. We've included these beaches for you: Umhlanga Main Beach and Golden Mile. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Barn Swallow (in Mount Moreland), Scottburgh Mall (in Scottburgh) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Umkomaas). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Nelson Mandela Capture Site, cool off at uShaka Wet 'n Wild, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Durban trip itinerary site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Durban is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Durban. July in Durban sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Barn Swallow, Scottburgh Mall, Scuba & Snorkeling, Thompson's Bay Beach, Nelson Mandela Capture Site
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Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Mary Shire Falls, then admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and finally examine the collection at Sudwala Dinosaur Park. On the next day, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Rottcher Wineries, then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and then stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nelspruit journey tool.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Nelspruit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Nelspruit when traveling from Durban in July, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sabie, Rottcher Wineries
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
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Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Whispers and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Echo Caves. It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Elephant Whispers, Echo Caves
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Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

4
nights
Knysna

Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Wilderness Beach. Relax by the water at Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, hike along Kranshoek Hiking Trail, stroll through Pledge Nature Reserve, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip website.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hoedspruit to Knysna in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in August: highs in Knysna hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Shark Diving, Wilderness Beach
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Shark Diving
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Take a break from the city and head to Voelklip Beach and Shark Diving. Step off the beaten path and head to Waenhuiskrans Caves and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Step out of Hermanus with an excursion to Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty's Bay--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach and go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hermanus vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Knysna in August since evenings lows in Hermanus dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Waenhuiskrans Caves
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Shark Diving

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of the city life by going to Twelve Apostles and Chapman's Peak Drive. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Greenpoint Park and Biodiversity Garden and Bloubergstrand Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum & Franschhoek Pass). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, and hunt for treasures at The Old Biscuit Mill.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

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