21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  32​h
1
Kruger National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
2
St Lucia
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  5​h
3
Sun City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Knysna
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Wellington


1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park road trip website .

Wellington, New Zealand to Kruger National Park is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Wellington to Kruger National Park. Traveling from Wellington in May, expect nights in Kruger National Park to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

1
night
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 (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, look for gifts at Canerat Crafts, and then indulge your taste buds at Zamimpilo Community Market. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, then tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mtuba Mall.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read St Lucia tour planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to St Lucia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in June since evenings lows in St Lucia dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sun City.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Zamimpilo Community Market, Mtuba Mall
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Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Veyane Cultural Village ©
Veyane Cultural Village

1
night
Sun City

Sun City ©
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pilanesberg National Park.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sun City day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from St Lucia to Sun City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from St Lucia in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Sun City, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Sun City

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Pilanesberg National Park ©
Pilanesberg National Park

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Muizenberg Beach, then experience rural life at Boschendal Wine Estate, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Groote Kerk.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Town online holiday builder .

Fly from Sun City to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sun City in June: highs in Cape Town hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Boschendal Wine Estate
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 6th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then take in the pleasant sights at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, and then trot along with Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stanford, Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Agulhas National Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, and then get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

Find out how to plan Cape Agulhas trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas by car takes about 2 hours. June in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Agulhas National Park
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Agulhas National Park ©
Agulhas National Park

1
day
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, then stroll through Valley of Desolation, then pause for some serene contemplation at St James the Great Anglican Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cape Agulhas to Graaff-Reinet in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk
St James the Great Anglican Church ©

2
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
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.
On the 10th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at De Zeekoe Farm and then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort, then learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, then explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and finally experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn journey planner.

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Oudtshoorn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

De Rust
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

5
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Elephant Sanctuary. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Wilderness (Kaaiman's River & Dolphin Point Lookout) and The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Knysna sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Knysna when traveling from Oudtshoorn in June, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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