22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+2
Bus + Taxi + 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.
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.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Durban online itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Durban is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. 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 travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, KartingKZN Galleria, Umhlanga Main Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving
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.
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 photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia tour planner.

You can take a bus from Durban to St Lucia in 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 Tours
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Kruger National Park and Sudwala Caves. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Whispers and Africa Joy. Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and The Elephant Sanctuary (in Hazyview).

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nelspruit online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Nelspruit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 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, Safaris, Africa Joy
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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.
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.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, 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 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 Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Three Roundavels, Lone Creek Falls, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park & Masorini Archaeological Site). There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Graskop to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and 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

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Garden Route National Park and Brenton on Sea. Get in touch with nature at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (in The Crags), Elephant Walk Farm Stall (in Plettenberg Bay) and De Rust (Meiringspoort & Doornkraal Padstal). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon and look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Knysna itinerary planner.

Fly from Hoedspruit to Knysna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in May, you will find days in Knysna are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, De Rust, Wilderness Beach
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Grotto Beach. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, explore and take pictures at Chapman's Peak Drive, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of bus and 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

Side Trips

Grotto Beach, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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