23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip itinerary planner

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Johannesburg
— 1 night
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hazyview
— 3 nights
Fly
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Durban
— 1 night
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 5 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.
On the 2nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, things will get slightly colder in Johannesburg: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

Kruger National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 4th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in July, with highs in Kruger National Park at 26°C and lows at 10°C. You will leave for Hoedspruit on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Hazyview

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Nelspruit (Joubert en Seuns Padstal & Sudwala Caves), Wonder View (in Graskop) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hazyview online route planner.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Hazyview sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

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.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durban sightseeing website.

Fly from Hazyview to Durban in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Durban. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then Head underground at Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and finally learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Durban to Oudtshoorn by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in July, with highs in Oudtshoorn at 21°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Plettenberg Bay

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree), Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). The adventure continues: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Plettenberg Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Cape Town, with lows around 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

South Africa travel guide

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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.