24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hazyview
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Bus
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
5
St Lucia
— 1 day
Bus to Warner Beach, Fly to Oudtshoorn
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 day
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg — 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sterkfontein Cave and Safaris. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Kromdraai Gold Mine. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg travel route planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Johannesburg, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Hazyview.
Tours · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hazyview trip planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hazyview in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hazyview, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. The adventure continues: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and get a dose of the wild on Tshukudu Game Lodge.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Kruger National Park.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, and hike along Bushmans Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park online holiday planner.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to St Lucia.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
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St Lucia — 1 day

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.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Veyane Cultural Village, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our St Lucia online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to St Lucia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.
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Oudtshoorn — 1 day

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then Head underground at Cango Caves.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from St Lucia to Oudtshoorn in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Plettenberg Bay. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Gansbaai.
Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
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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.
On the 24th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gansbaai trip builder app.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Gansbaai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, Gansbaai is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Cape Town.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

Cape Town — 5 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. There's lots more to do: stroll through Cape Point, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town day trip site.

Getting from Gansbaai to Cape Town by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Cape Town are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.