24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Hazyview
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
5
St Lucia
— 1 day
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Sterkfontein Cave. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill and Kromdraai Gold Mine. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Johannesburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Amsterdam, Holland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Amsterdam in August since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Hazyview in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Hazyview. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Hoedspruit.

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

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like iNyoka Art Gallery and Ukuthula Designs. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Siyafunda Conservation. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit visit planning site .

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Safaris
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Safaris
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre ©
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Bushmans Trail. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, trek along Lonely Bull Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

1
day
St Lucia

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to St Lucia in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in St Lucia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Veyane Cultural Village ©
Veyane Cultural Village
Cape Vidal Lighthouse ©
Cape Vidal Lighthouse

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn attractions tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from St Lucia to Oudtshoorn takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsitsikamma National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay day trip app .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in August, Plettenberg Bay is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna Elephant Park
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tsitsikamma National Park ©
Tsitsikamma National Park

1
night
Gansbaai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gansbaai trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Plettenberg Bay to Gansbaai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Gansbaai, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails
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Shark Diving
Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails ©

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope. Take a break from the city and head to Cape of Good Hope and Signal Hill. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Maclear's Beacon, do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, and examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Gansbaai to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Cape Town sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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