24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Hazyview
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Chennai

2
nights
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, wildlife, theme parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg attractions website .

Chennai, India to Johannesburg is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In May, Johannesburg is much colder than Chennai - with highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Montecasino
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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.
When in Kruger National Park, make a side trip to see iNyoka Art Gallery in Hoedspruit, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 5th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail, trek along Lonely Bull Trail, head outdoors with Wild Frontier Adventures, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park online route planner .

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in May since evenings lows in Kruger National Park dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

iNyoka Art Gallery
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview, stop by Katundo Leather Shop, and stroll through Elephant Whispers.

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

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Hazyview takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. 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 travel to Oudtshoorn.

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

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 12th (Sun): cruise along Swartberg Pass, then explore and take pictures at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then steep yourself in history at Arbeidsgenot, and then relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hazyview to Oudtshoorn in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hazyview in May, Oudtshoorn is little chillier at night 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 Outdoors
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tsitsikamma National Park. On the next day, hike along Otter Trail, snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, then explore the galleries of Bitou Art Gallery, and finally make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park day trip planner .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Tsitsikamma National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge
Bitou Art Gallery ©
Bitou Art Gallery

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 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape 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, then stroll through Birds of Eden, then stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

6
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, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online travel planner .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Cape Town are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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