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:  14​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
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
Fly + 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): contemplate the long history of Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then examine the collection at Liliesleaf Farm & Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg vacation planning tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in September: highs in Johannesburg hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Liliesleaf Farm & Museum
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Masorini Archaeological Site and iNyoka Art Gallery. Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Bushmans Trail. Step out of Hoedspruit with an excursion to Idube Game Reserve in Sabi Sand Game Reserve--about 1h 15 min away.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit day trip site .

Getting from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Outdoors Trails

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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Kruger National Park. Take a break from Nelspruit with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves and take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Veyane Cultural Village, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read St Lucia travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to St Lucia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in St Lucia

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Le Roux Townhouse, explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and then Head underground at The Cango Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, then admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn vacation builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from St Lucia to Oudtshoorn takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Dutch Reformed Mother Church
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The Cango Caves ©
The 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): stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, then stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

Plan my day in Plettenberg Bay using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look and learn at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gansbaai online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Plettenberg Bay to Gansbaai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Gansbaai, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Cape of Good Hope and Signal Hill. Visit Robben Island Museum and St Georges Mall for their historical value. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take some stellar pictures from Maclear's Beacon, and take a stroll through Bo-kaap.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Gansbaai to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. 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 Wildlife Historic Sites
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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