21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Johannesburg
Drive
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Polokwane
— 1 night
Drive
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Kruger National Park
— 16 nights
Drive
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Komatipoort
— 1 night
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 1 day
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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.
To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg day trip app.

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. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Johannesburg, with lows of 7°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Polokwane.
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Polokwane — 1 night

Polokwane, meaning "Place of Safety" in Northern Sotho, is a city in the Polokwane Local Municipality and the capital of the Limpopo province, South Africa. On the 16th (Mon), browse the different shops at Mall of the North and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Polokwane Game Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Polokwane route planner.

You can drive from Johannesburg to Polokwane in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.
Shopping · Parks · Wildlife
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Kruger National Park — 16 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.
Explore Kruger National Park's surroundings by going to Kruger National Park (in Nelspruit), Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa) and Hoedspruit (Spas, Tshukudu Game Lodge, &more). Spend the 19th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail, and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Polokwane to Kruger National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kruger National Park when traveling from Polokwane in August, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Komatipoort.
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Komatipoort — 1 night

Komatipoort is a town situated at the confluence of the Crocodile and Komati Rivers in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take an exotic tour of Discover Kruger Safaris.

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

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Komatipoort takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg — 1 day

On the 3rd (Fri), examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

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You can fly from Komatipoort to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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.