16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner
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Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive
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West Coast National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gansbaai tour itinerary planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Gansbaai is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. In September in Gansbaai, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Coast National Park.
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West Coast National Park — 1 night

Witness the spring blossoms and vivid birdlife in West Coast National Park, among the richest in Western Cape.
On the 5th (Mon), stroll through Gamkaberg Nature Reserve and then explore the striking landscape of West Coast National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read West Coast National Park visit planner.

Drive from Gansbaai to West Coast National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Cape Town.
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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.
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, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, stroll through Signal Hill, and explore and take pictures at Cape Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from West Coast National Park to Cape Town takes 2 hours. September in Cape Town sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.
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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.
Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, Kruger National Park is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit — 2 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.
On the 15th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hoedspruit trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. September in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Johannesburg.
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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.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in September, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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