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
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Bus
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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 Robben Island Museum. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Maclear's Beacon, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in July; daily highs in Cape Town reach 20°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Hazyview.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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 · Outdoors · Tours

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 Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

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 Wolhuter Wilderness Trail. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Bushmans Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to 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 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 2.5 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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.