23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Bus
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg
— 5 nights
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Cape Town

— 6 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: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Platteklip Gorge, and take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cape Town, use our trip itinerary maker.

Moscow, Russia to Cape Town is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Moscow in November, things will get much warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 8:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then Head underground at Cango Caves.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in November, plan for little chillier days in Oudtshoorn, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:

Plettenberg Bay

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Birds of Eden, then stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay online road trip planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

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 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 15th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail and stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Kruger National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Plettenberg Bay, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

Hoedspruit

— 4 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.
When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, approximately Hazyview away. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. November in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:

Johannesburg

— 5 nights

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.
Pack the 20th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Spend the 23rd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg vacation site.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:

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.