22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Cederberg
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Nelspruit
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Graskop
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
8
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

1
day
Cederberg

Cederberg ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): do a tasting at Cederberg Private Cellar and then explore the fascinating underground world of Stadsaal Caves.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cederberg online itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cederberg is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Cederberg is 1 hour. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Cederberg, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cederberg

Nature Parks Wineries
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Cederberg Private Cellar ©
Cederberg Private Cellar

3
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grotto Beach and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Step out of Hermanus with an excursion to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path and stop by Rossouw Modern.

Make your Hermanus itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Cederberg to Hermanus in 4 hours. Traveling from Cederberg in October, you will find days in Hermanus are little chillier (27°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
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Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step off the beaten path and head to Platteklip Gorge and West Coast National Park. Get in touch with nature at Helderberg Nature Reserve and Abseil Africa. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town visit planning app .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. October in Cape Town sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, West Coast National Park, First South African Perfume Museum
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Helderberg Nature Reserve ©
Helderberg Nature Reserve

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Radical Raptors and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Knysna Lagoon. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, The Motorcycle Room, & more) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To find out how to plan a trip to Plettenberg Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cape Town, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors

1
day
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 4th (Mon), stop by Shautany Chocolatiers, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and finally stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

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Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Nelspruit by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Plettenberg Bay, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nelspruit, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Shautany Chocolatiers
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Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©

2
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Panorama Route, take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, then admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Mary Shire Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Graskop travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Graskop takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sabie, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Three Roundavels
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls

3
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Whispers and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa), Big Boabab (in Gravelotte) and Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview (in Hazyview). There's more to do: stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online vacation builder .

Drive from Graskop to Hoedspruit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. November in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Qualito Craft Distillery, Big Boabab
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

2
nights
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 10th (Sun): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Zamimpilo Community Market, stroll through Emdoneni Cheetah project, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mtuba Mall.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St Lucia visit planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to St Lucia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mtuba Mall, Emdoneni Cheetah project, Zamimpilo Community Market
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Mtuba Mall ©
Mtuba Mall

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