24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip itinerary planner

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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
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Hazyview
— 3 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Johannesburg

— 2 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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, theme parks, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, and try to win big at Montecasino.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg journey planner.

Chennai, India to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Chennai in May, things will get cooler in Johannesburg: highs are around 26°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

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.
Step out of Kruger National Park to go to Hoedspruit and see iNyoka Art Gallery, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Spend the 5th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Bushmans Trail, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park road trip planning tool.

Fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kruger National Park when traveling from Johannesburg in May, with lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Hazyview on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 8:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit (about 2h 45 min away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and stop by Katundo Leather Pty Ltd.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hazyview online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Hazyview takes 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hazyview are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

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 12th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, then relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and then Head underground at Cango Caves. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, contemplate the long history of Arbeidsgenot, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

Plan trip to Oudtshoorn with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Hazyview to Oudtshoorn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Oudtshoorn, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 2 nights
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Otter Trail, snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, then take in the exciting artwork at Bitou Art Gallery, and finally make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tsitsikamma National Park online trip builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Tsitsikamma National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

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: get great views at Cape Point, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Town online route builder.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay May 17 — 23:

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.