26 days in South Africa Itinerary

26 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip maker

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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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Nelspruit
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
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Johannesburg

— 4 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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Voortrekker Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market, try your luck at Montecasino, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg road trip planning app.

Nairobi, Kenya to Johannesburg is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nairobi to Johannesburg. Traveling from Nairobi in September, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

Nelspruit

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Kruger National Park (Safaris, Napi Wilderness Trail, &more) and Antiques & Artifacts (in White River). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Nelspruit. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

Hoedspruit

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery) and Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Masorini Archaeological Site, &more). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

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Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Oudtshoorn

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: George (Cape Palette Art Gallery, Happy Valley, &more) and Calitzdorp (Roger Young Gallery & Rooiberg Pass). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn route planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in September, things will get slightly colder in Oudtshoorn: highs are around 22°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Plettenberg Bay

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge, Otter Trail, &more) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip builder tool.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Cape Town

— 7 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: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner.

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 28:

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.