24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip itinerary maker

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Fly
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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hazyview
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Bus
4
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
5
St Lucia
— 1 day
Bus to Warner Beach, Fly to George
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 day
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Town
— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Sterkfontein Cave. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Kromdraai Gold Mine. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg travel route planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Johannesburg, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Hazyview

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hazyview trip planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hazyview, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Tshukudu Game Lodge. The adventure continues: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit online attractions planner.

Getting from Hazyview to Hoedspruit by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park online trip builder.

Take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll set off for St Lucia on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

St Lucia

— 1 day
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Veyane Cultural Village, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our St Lucia online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to St Lucia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in St Lucia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

Oudtshoorn

— 1 day

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.
On the 21st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip maker tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from St Lucia to Oudtshoorn in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

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 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Plettenberg Bay. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Gansbaai

— 1 night
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
On the 24th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gansbaai trip builder app.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Gansbaai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, Gansbaai is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. There's lots more to do: stroll through Cape Point, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town day trip site.

Getting from Gansbaai to Cape Town by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Cape Town are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:

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.