15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa route planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Cape Town
— 6 nights


Johannesburg — 3 nights

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.
Pack the 11th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, try to win big at Montecasino, and learn insider's secrets on Time Anchor Distillery.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kruger National Park.
Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums · Theme Parks
Side Trip
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Kruger National Park — 3 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.
Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail and tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Plettenberg Bay.
Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip
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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 17th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, stroll through Birds of Eden, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

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

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Plettenberg Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kruger National Park in December: highs in Plettenberg Bay hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip
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Cape Town — 6 nights

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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, stroll through Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip tool.

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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South Africa travel guide

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.