22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
4
St Lucia
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 15 min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then get engrossed in the history at Liliesleaf.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, you will find days in Johannesburg are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Liliesleaf
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
South African National Museum of Military History ©

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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Masorini Archaeological Site and iNyoka Art Gallery. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Bushmans Trail in Kruger National Park, approximately Kruger National Park away.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit day trip planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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.
Visiting Kruger National Park and Sudwala Caves will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview). It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In September in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Safaris, Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

1
night
St Lucia

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.
On the 21st (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Vidal Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, and then stroll around iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia sightseeing website.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to St Lucia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Veyane Cultural Village ©
Veyane Cultural Village
Cape Vidal Lighthouse ©
Cape Vidal Lighthouse

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
On the 22nd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Le Roux Townhouse, then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

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Getting from St Lucia to Oudtshoorn by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Dutch Reformed Mother Church
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay day trip planning site.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

1
night
Gansbaai

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gansbaai trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Gansbaai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Gansbaai, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Shark Diving

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Abseil Africa. Get some cultural insight at Robben Island Museum and Bo-kaap. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Gansbaai to Cape Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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