22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa itinerary maker

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Durban
— 1 night
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
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Graskop
— 2 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Knysna
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Durban

— 1 night

Surf City

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then have some family-friendly fun at KartingKZN Galleria. Here are some ideas for day two: see where the action happens at Moses Mabhida Stadium, then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Durban online itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Durban is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Durban, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Durban is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 10:

St Lucia

— 2 nights
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 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Vidal Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocodile Centre St Lucia and then explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia tour planner.

You can drive from Durban to St Lucia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and The Elephant Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Whispers and Africa Joy. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nelspruit road trip planner.

You can fly from St Lucia to Nelspruit in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. 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 · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Graskop

— 2 nights
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): cruise along Panorama Route, then explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Wonder View, then admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, and then stop by Delgoa Arts & Crafts.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Graskop trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Graskop takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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 · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Safaris. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Masorini Archaeological Site. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park in Kruger National Park, about 1 hour away.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hoedspruit trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Graskop to Hoedspruit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Knysna

— 2 nights
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 Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Knysna Lagoon. Get in touch with nature at Garden Route National Park and Wilderness Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and De Rust (Meiringspoort & Doornkraal Padstal). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Brenton on Sea, stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, and savor the flavors at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Knysna by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in May, expect nights in Knysna to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Cape Town

— 5 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Grotto Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chapman's Peak Drive and Fish Hoek Beach. Step out of Cape Town to go to Betty's Bay and see Stony Point Penguin Colony, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 28:

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.