21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly
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Durban
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg — 2 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 3rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip tool.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hoedspruit.
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Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Sweni Wilderness Trail, &more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Phuza Moya Private Game Reserve and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit online trip maker.

Getting from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Nelspruit.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
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Nelspruit — 3 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kruger National Park (Safaris & AM Spa Kruger). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, browse the different shops at i'langa Mall, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit route planner.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, walk around Umgeni River Bird Park, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Nelspruit to Durban in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Durban. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 6 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: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

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You can fly from Durban to Cape Town in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in December: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Oudtshoorn.
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Oudtshoorn — 2 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

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 19th (Mon): stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch and then take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay driving holiday website.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to 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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