26 days in South Africa Itinerary

26 days in South Africa Itinerary

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26 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  8​h
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
4
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

4
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.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg visit planner .

Nairobi, Kenya to Johannesburg is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Nairobi to Johannesburg is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nairobi in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Johannesburg, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

4
nights
Nelspruit

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: Antiques & Artifacts (in White River) and Kruger National Park (Safaris, Napi Wilderness Trail, & more). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Nelspruit. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Antiques & Artifacts
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:
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Safaris
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

4
nights
Hoedspruit

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Masorini Archaeological Site, & more) and Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hoedspruit using our trip planner.

Drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

3
nights
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.
Explore Oudtshoorn's surroundings by going to George (Cape Palette Art Gallery, Happy Valley, & more) and Calitzdorp (Roger Young Gallery & Rooiberg Pass). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hoedspruit in September, with highs in Oudtshoorn at 22°C and lows at 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

Side Trips

George, Calitzdorp
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Storms River Suspension Bridge, Otter Trail, & more) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, The Dolphin Trail, Knysna Elephant Park
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

7
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, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip maker tool .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 28:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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