23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hazyview
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Durban
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Johannesburg

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

For photos and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Johannesburg 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. In July, Johannesburg is little chillier than Amsterdam - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nelson Mandela Square
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Nelson Mandela Square ©
Nelson Mandela Square

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.
Spend the 4th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in July: high temperatures in Kruger National Park hover around 26°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Safaris). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hoedspruit vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Phalaborwa
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Wonder View (in Graskop), Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Nelspruit (Joubert en Seuns Padstal & Sudwala Caves). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Hazyview trip maker app .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hazyview by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Hazyview are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Nelspruit, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Wonder View, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

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 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hazyview in July since evenings lows in Durban dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and finally do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Getting from Durban to Oudtshoorn by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in July: high temperatures in Oudtshoorn hover around 21°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Doornkraal Padstal
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Doornkraal Padstal ©
Doornkraal Padstal

3
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.
Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). There's still lots to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church, take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge, and make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay itinerary maker app .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Plettenberg Bay, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River bridge
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cape Town vacation website .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, with lows around 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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