22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  24 h
1
St Lucia
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Graskop
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h 45 min
5
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
6
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
7
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  14 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

1
day
St Lucia

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.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, 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 Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Kumbaya Home Decor. 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: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, explore the galleries of Kingfisher Gallery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from St Lucia to Hoedspruit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

1
night
Graskop

Graskop ©
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 find other places to visit 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

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Ponieskrantz
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
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Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
Wonder View ©
Wonder View
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes

3
nights
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.
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 05 min away. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, 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

Side Trips

Safaris, Elephant Whispers
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Safaris
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet
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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery, and stroll the grounds of Graaff-Reinet Cemetery.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet trip maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nelspruit to Graaff-Reinet in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Urquhart House Museum
Urquhart House Museum
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garden Route National Park and Wilderness Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George), The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary) and Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, see the interesting displays at The Motorcycle Room, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Outeniqua Transport Museum, Wilderness Beach, Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
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.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus online trip builder.

Drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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 Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

All Saints Church, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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 see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, 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 Wildlife

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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