22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Durban
— 1 night
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
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Graskop
— 2 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Knysna
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Durban — 1 night

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then have some family-friendly fun at KartingKZN Galleria. Here are some ideas for day two: see where the action happens at Moses Mabhida Stadium, then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Durban online itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Durban is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Durban, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Durban is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to St Lucia.
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St Lucia — 2 nights

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Vidal Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocodile Centre St Lucia and then explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia tour planner.

You can drive from Durban to St Lucia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nelspruit.
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Nelspruit — 3 nights

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 in touch with nature at Safaris and Sudwala Caves. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Whispers and Africa Joy. When in Nelspruit, make a side trip to see The Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview, approximately Hazyview away. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Kruger National Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit travel planning tool.

You can fly from St Lucia to Nelspruit in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Graskop.
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Graskop — 2 nights

Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): cruise along Panorama Route, then explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Wonder View, then admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, and then stop by Delgoa Arts & Crafts.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Graskop trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Graskop takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Graskop can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Hoedspruit — 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Masorini Archaeological Site. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Graskop to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Knysna.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Knysna — 2 nights

Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Knysna Lagoon. Get in touch with nature at Meiringspoort and Brenton on Sea. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness), Doornkraal Padstal (in De Rust) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Knysna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in May: highs in Knysna hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Cape Town.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Cape Town — 5 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Beach and Twelve Apostles. Step out of Cape Town to go to Betty's Bay and see Stony Point Penguin Colony, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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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.