22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly:  28​h
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
4
Hazyview
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Kelowna

3
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 Cape of Good Hope and Platteklip Gorge. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and stroll through Fish Hoek Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town tour itinerary tool .

Kelowna, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Kelowna to Cape Town, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. October in Cape Town sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tsitsikamma National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip app .

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in October: highs in Plettenberg Bay hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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.
On the 16th (Wed), Head underground at The Cango Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn route planning website .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

1
night
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Elephant Whispers and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Hazyview online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to Hazyview in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Oudtshoorn in October; daily highs in Hazyview reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Siyafunda Conservation. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Designs, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

4
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. There's still lots to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park vacation builder site .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

3
nights
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.
Visiting Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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