21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner
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Cape Town
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
— 3 nights


Cape Town — 3 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Robben Island Museum. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Maclear's Beacon, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in July; daily highs in Cape Town reach 20°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Hazyview.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Hazyview — 2 nights

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Elephant Whispers. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary, and look for gifts at Katundo Leather Pty Ltd.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hazyview day trip site.

Fly from Cape Town to Hazyview in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in July, expect nights in Hazyview to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

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.
Get some cultural insight at iNyoka Art Gallery and Amarula Lapa. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Siyafunda Conservation. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, get to know the resident critters at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Kruger National Park.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Kruger National Park — 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Bushmans Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. Spend the 6th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Kruger National Park in August, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Wildlife · Tours · 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.