21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
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
Fly:  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:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Durban

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.
Visit Umhlanga Main Beach and Thompson's Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: Barn Swallow (in Mount Moreland), Nelson Mandela Capture Site (in Howick) and Scottburgh Mall (in Scottburgh). There's lots more to do: stroll through Golden Mile, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, make a splash at uShaka Wet 'n Wild, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Durban travel itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Durban is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Durban is 1 hour. July in Durban sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scottburgh Mall, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Scuba & Snorkeling, Thompson's Bay Beach, Umhlanga Main Beach
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile
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, admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, then Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and finally see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Rottcher Wineries, then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nelspruit trip planning tool .

You can fly from Durban to Nelspruit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durban in July, Nelspruit is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

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

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 Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Elephant Whispers. Get outdoors at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels and Head underground at Echo Caves.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit online road trip planner .

Drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Elephant Whispers, Echo Caves
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels

4
nights
Knysna

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Garden Route National Park and Wilderness Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Shark Diving (in Mossel Bay) and The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, stroll through Pledge Nature Reserve, hike along Kranshoek Hiking Trail, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St George's Anglican Church.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Knysna online trip planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Knysna by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder 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 drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Shark Diving, Wilderness Beach
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grotto Beach and Waenhuiskrans Caves. Step out of the city life by going to Voelklip Beach and Shark Diving. Step out of Hermanus with an excursion to Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty's Bay--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus route planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hermanus, with lows of 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, Waenhuiskrans Caves, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bloubergstrand Beach and Fish Hoek Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Twelve Apostles and Greenpoint Park and Biodiversity Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum & Franschhoek Pass) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Old Biscuit Mill, look for gifts at Baraka Gifts and Decor, and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town online trip maker .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Cape Town are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Chapman's Peak Drive ©
Chapman's Peak Drive

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