17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Durban
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Johannesburg — 3 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.
Pack the 1st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, stop by Maboneng Precinct, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Sandton City.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online trip itinerary builder.

Doha, Qatar to Johannesburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Johannesburg, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Doha, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park — 3 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kruger National Park: Kruger National Park (in Nelspruit) and Kumbaya Home Decor (in Hoedspruit). Spend the 2nd (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

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

You can fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay — 3 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.
Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park), Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Bloukrans Bridge) and Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth). There's more to do: stroll through Birds of Eden and do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Plettenberg Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kruger National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly 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, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip maker.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Durban.
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Durban — 2 nights

Surf City

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.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the galleries of Makiwa Gallery, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

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Getting from Cape Town to Durban by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Durban when traveling from Cape Town in January, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can 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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