22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa planner

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Fly to King Shaka International Airport, Drive to St Lucia
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St Lucia
— 1 day
Fly to Nelspruit, Taxi to Hoedspruit
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive
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Graskop
— 1 night
Drive
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly to Port Elizabeth, Bus to Graaff-Reinet
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly

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St Lucia

— 1 day
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the St Lucia day trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to St Lucia is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to St Lucia is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park in Kruger National Park, approximately Kruger National Park away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit online route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from St Lucia to Hoedspruit takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Graskop.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Graskop

— 1 night
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, then stroll through Wonder View, then take a memorable drive along Panorama Route, and finally look for gifts at Ponieskrantz.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Graskop trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Graskop in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Graskop are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Nelspruit

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Whispers and Lowveld National Botanical Garden. Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park to see Safaris about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit online attractions planner.

Getting from Graskop to Nelspruit by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Desolation and Urquhart House Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Graaff-Reinet: Nieu-Bethesda (First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, Dustcovers, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, stroll the grounds of Graaff-Reinet Cemetery, sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery, and steep yourself in history at St James the Great Anglican Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nelspruit to Graaff-Reinet in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Knysna

— 2 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garden Route National Park and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park), Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, see the interesting displays at The Motorcycle Room, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna day trip site.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Knysna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore hidden gems such as Hermanus Cliff Path and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to All Saints Church (in Bredasdorp) and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas). There's still lots to do: stroll through Grotto Beach, go for a walk through Rotary Way, sample the tasty concoctions at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, and enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus online trip builder.

Drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Chapman's Peak Drive. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

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.