22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  24​h
1
St Lucia
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  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:  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 take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to St Lucia is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park to see Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Designs, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and browse the exhibits of Kingfisher Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Hoedspruit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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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): explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, stroll through Wonder View, explore and take pictures at Panorama Route, then look for gifts at Ponieskrantz, and finally make a trip to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Graskop trip site .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Graskop by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Nelspruit

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Whispers and Sudwala Caves. Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park to see Safaris about 1h 20 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 find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nelspruit tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Graskop to Nelspruit in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

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 GRT Brewery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Graaff-Reinet: Nieu-Bethesda (First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, Dustcovers, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Urquhart House Museum, stroll the grounds of Graaff-Reinet Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, and explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Nelspruit to Graaff-Reinet in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Knysna Lagoon. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary), Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach, stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, examine the collection at The Motorcycle Room, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna trip site .

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach, Storms River Suspension Bridge, Outeniqua Transport Museum
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

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 Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and All Saints Church (in Bredasdorp). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, take in the pleasant sights at Rotary Way, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Voelklip Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus travel route tool .

You can drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 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

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Twelve Apostles. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, stroll through Boulders Beach, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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