24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hazyview
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Bus
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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St Lucia
— 1 day
Bus to Warner Beach, Fly to Oudtshoorn
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 day
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly
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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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Sterkfontein Cave. Get some historical perspective at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Kromdraai Gold Mine. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in October: highs in Johannesburg hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hazyview.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stroll through Elephant Whispers.

Before you visit Hazyview, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hazyview in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hazyview can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

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 Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, get a dose of the wild on Tshukudu Game Lodge, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, and take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit journey tool.

Traveling by car from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (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 Oct 6 — 9:

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 the city life by going to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park day trip planning tool.

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

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 14th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse.

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

Getting from Kruger National Park to St Lucia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in St Lucia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (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 find maps and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from St Lucia to Oudtshoorn takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 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 (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay online visit planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for Gansbaai on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Gansbaai trip website.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Gansbaai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Point, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town travel planner.

Traveling by car from Gansbaai to Cape Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

South Africa travel guide

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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.