21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

Make it your trip
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Cape Town
— 3 nights
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Hazyview
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Bus
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
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Cape Town

— 3 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 Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Signal Hill. Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Cape Town at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hazyview.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Hazyview

— 2 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, and look for gifts at Katundo Leather Pty Ltd.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hazyview online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Hazyview in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hazyview: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Hoedspruit

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at iNyoka Art Gallery and Amarula Lapa. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Siyafunda Conservation. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, get to know the resident critters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Kruger National Park

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:

Johannesburg

— 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. Spend the 6th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Kruger National Park in August, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

South Africa travel guide

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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.