22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Carolina
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Johannesburg
— 1 night
5
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Jeffreys Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
10
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
11
Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
12
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
14
Johannesburg
— Few hours
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

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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 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, and then look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg online tour itinerary planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. You'll set off for Carolina on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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Carolina

Carolina ©
Carolina is a town situated on the Johannesburg to Swaziland route (R33 and R38) in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. You've now added Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the history behind The Berg-en-Dal Monument and then explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carolina trip planner .

Drive from Johannesburg to Carolina in 3 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, Carolina is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Carolina

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

The Berg-en-Dal Monument, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): trek along Bushmans Trail and then trek along Lonely Bull Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park travel planner .

You can drive from Carolina to Kruger National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carolina in August; daily highs in Kruger National Park reach 29°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg
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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Johannesburg, with lows of 7°C. On the 30th (Fri), you're off toPort Elizabeth.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth road trip tool .

Fly from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in Port Elizabeth are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve

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Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach and then stroll through Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jeffreys Bay vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides ©
Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Face Adrenalin - Bloukrans Bungy as well as Storms River Suspension Bridge. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): push the limits with Face Adrenalin - Bloukrans Bungy, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Jeffreys Bay to Plettenberg Bay in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Knysna Elephant Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, then view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, then stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, and finally explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

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Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. In September in Knysna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then Head underground at The Cango Caves.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in Oudtshoorn. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

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night
Mossel Bay

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Shark Lab, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Blaize Trail, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossel Bay tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Mossel Bay sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Shark Diving
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

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Gansbaai

Gansbaai
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.
For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gansbaai online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mossel Bay to Gansbaai in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Mossel Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Gansbaai, with lows of 10°C. You will leave for Hermanus on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Gansbaai

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 8th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Hoy's Koppie, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Hermanus road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Gansbaai to Hermanus takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and then examine the collection at District Six Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, then enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, and then do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Cape Town are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Top of Africa and then try your luck at Emperors Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect nights in Johannesburg to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Emperors Palace
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Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Top of Africa ©
Top of Africa

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