21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Johannesburg
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Pretoria
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
Cape Town

2
days
Johannesburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): try your luck at Emperors Palace, The Palace Of Dreams, then try to win big at Montecasino, and then make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

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If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airports are OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pretoria.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

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Sandton, Emperors Palace, The Palace Of Dreams
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Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Emperors Palace, The Palace Of Dreams ©
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

3
days
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Step out of Pretoria with an excursion to Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in Muldersdrift--about 52 minutes away.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pretoria travel planning website .

Getting from Johannesburg to Pretoria by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Pretoria, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. You will leave for Nelspruit on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
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Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve ©
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

2
days
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
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.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, stroll through Elephant Whispers, and then Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip builder site .

Getting from Pretoria to Nelspruit by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

3
days
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
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.
Visiting Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kruger National Park: Hoedspruit (Hippo Jessica & Kumbaya Home Decor). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napi Wilderness Trail and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park route planner .

Getting from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoedspruit
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica

2
days
St Lucia

St Lucia ©
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 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Alkantstrand Beach and then stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our St Lucia travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to St Lucia in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in December, St Lucia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Alkantstrand Beach
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Safaris
Alkantstrand Beach ©
Alkantstrand Beach

1
day
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamberg Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from St Lucia to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Knysna.

Things to do in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Wildlife Parks
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Kamberg Nature Reserve ©
Kamberg Nature Reserve

2
days
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
On the 4th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Bollard Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Knysna online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park to Knysna. In January, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Robberg Nature Reserve, Birds of Eden
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

2
days
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, stroll through Fernkloof Nature Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Knysna to Hermanus in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. January in Hermanus sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gansbaai, Betty's Bay, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

2
days
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): examine the collection at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and then learn about winemaking at Fairview Wine and Cheese. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and then relax in the rural setting at Boschendal Wine Estate.

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Getting from Hermanus to Stellenbosch by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Table Mountain National Park, Groot Constantia, The Franschhoek Motor Museum, Boulders Beach, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Camp's Bay Beach ©
Camp's Bay Beach

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