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
Durban
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
2
St Lucia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Graskop
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Knysna
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get your game on at Epic Karting Galleria. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Moses Mabhida Stadium, enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durban visit planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Durban is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Durban: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Umhlanga Main Beach, Epic Karting Galleria, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

2
nights
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 11th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Veyane Cultural Village, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Crocodile Centre St Lucia and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Durban to St Lucia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Crocodile Centre St Lucia ©
Crocodile Centre St Lucia

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Whispers and Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves and look for gifts at Africa Joy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip site .

Getting from St Lucia to Nelspruit by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Graskop.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Africa Joy, Safaris
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Panorama Route, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and then explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, then don't miss a visit to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga, then admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, and finally look for gifts at Delgoa Arts & Crafts.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Graskop itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Graskop takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Graskop can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lone Creek Falls, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Three Roundavels
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls

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.
Visiting Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Ukuthula Designs. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Masorini Archaeological Site in Kruger National Park, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner .

Traveling by car from Graskop to Hoedspruit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wilderness Beach and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Knysna Lagoon. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to De Rust (Meiringspoort & Doornkraal Padstal) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, savor the flavors at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Knysna by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoedspruit in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Knysna: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, De Rust, Wilderness Beach
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

5
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 Platteklip Gorge and Stony Point Penguin Colony. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Twelve Apostles and Chapman's Peak Drive. Go for a jaunt from Cape Town to Hermanus to see Grotto Beach about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner .

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Cape Town sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Grotto Beach
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

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