21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

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Cape Town
— 3 nights
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Hazyview
— 2 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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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 Platteklip Gorge. 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, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

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 travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
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 The Elephant Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Elephant Whispers, stop by Katundo Leather Shop, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Hazyview takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Hazyview, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. 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 Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit online vacation 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a 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 Olifants Wilderness Trail. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel 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 Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Spend the 6th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, Johannesburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel 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.