21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Durban
— 4 nights
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Nelspruit
— 2 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Knysna
— 4 nights
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Hermanus
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Durban

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Thompson's Bay Beach and Golden Mile. Get outdoors at Umhlanga Main Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick), Scottburgh Mall (in Scottburgh) and Barn Swallow (in Mount Moreland). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and stop by Park Boulevard.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Durban trip itinerary site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Durban is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. 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 fly to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

Nelspruit

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nelspruit journey tool.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Nelspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Hoedspruit

— 3 nights
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 Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Whispers and Three Roundavels. There's more to do: stroll through Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Head underground at Echo Caves.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit road trip planning website.

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Knysna

— 4 nights
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 Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Wilderness Beach. Relax by the water at Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Shark Diving (in Mossel Bay) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pledge Nature Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, and trek along Kranshoek Hiking Trail.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Knysna trip planner.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Knysna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in August: highs in Knysna hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Hermanus

— 3 nights
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 Shark Diving and Voelklip Beach. 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.

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You can fly from Knysna to Hermanus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

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 Fish Hoek Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bloubergstrand Beach and Greenpoint Park and Biodiversity Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum & Franschhoek Pass) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, 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 more things to do, where to stay, maps, 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

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.