16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Cape Agulhas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Sao Paulo

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Twelve Apostles and Chapman's Peak Drive. Visiting Cape Point and West Coast National Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to The Red Teapot Gallery (in Stellenbosch), Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek) and Grotto Beach (in Hermanus). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, steep yourself in history at Groot Constantia, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cape Town holiday maker website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cape Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in July, with highs in Cape Town at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franschhoek Motor Museum, The Red Teapot Gallery, Grotto Beach, West Coast National Park, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park

3
nights
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.
Visiting Zipline and Sudwala Caves will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Whispers and Joubert en Seuns Padstal. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Kruger National Park (Napi Wilderness Trail & Safaris). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nelspruit, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hazyview, Kruger National Park
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Zipline
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Amarula Lapa. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park in Kruger National Park, about 1 hour away. It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Amarula Lapa, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and finally stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Knysna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in July, you will find days in Knysna are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

2
nights
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
On the 27th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Agulhas vacation planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Cape Agulhas in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Knysna in July, plan for little chillier nights in Cape Agulhas, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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