22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip itinerary planner

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Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly
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St Lucia
— 1 night
Bus to Warner Beach, Fly to Oudtshoorn
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Johannesburg

— 1 night

City of Light

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 take an in-depth tour 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.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour 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 fly to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit day trip planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 2.5 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 · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 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.
Visiting Safaris and Sudwala Caves will get you outdoors. When in Nelspruit, make a side trip to see Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, approximately Hazyview away. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or 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) to allow time to fly to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

St Lucia

— 1 night
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 see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia sightseeing website.

Fly from Nelspruit to St Lucia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

Ostrich Capital of the World

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 bus and flight takes about 8.5 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 · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Plettenberg Bay

— 2 nights
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, reviews, where to stay, 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 fly to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Gansbaai

— 1 night
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 reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gansbaai trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Gansbaai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus 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 · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Cape Town

— 6 nights

Mother City

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 District Six Museum. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through 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 trek along Platteklip Gorge.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip planning tool.

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, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 2:

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.