22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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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
Fly
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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 get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · 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 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 where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from St Lucia to Hoedspruit takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. 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

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping · Parks

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 Safaris and Sudwala Caves. Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Hazyview to see Elephant Whispers about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

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 · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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 Old Residency. 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, explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery, and stroll the grounds of Graaff-Reinet Cemetery.

For photos, reviews, ratings, 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 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

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 Suspension Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George), The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, examine the collection at The Motorcycle Room, and look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, 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 fly 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 Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), All Saints Church (in Bredasdorp) and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Rotary Way, enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, and sample the tasty concoctions at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hermanus takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car 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 Twelve Apostles. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, take in the waterfront activity at 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wineries · Tours · 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.