18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
6
Johannesburg
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  13​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Table Mountain National Park and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Shop till you drop at Old Biscuit Mill and AVOOVA. There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town online trip builder

Mumbai (Bombay), India to Cape Town is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in May, expect Cape Town to be much colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for gifts at Funky Vibes, then stop by The Fishing Cat, and then do a tasting at Oneiric Wine Farm. On your second day here, stroll through Grotto Beach.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus online trip builder

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Fishing Cat, Oneiric Wines
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes
Oneiric Wines ©
Oneiric Wines

3
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.
On the 13th (Sun), stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and then stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Kaaiman's River, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Cathedral, George, and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna trip itinerary builder website

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hermanus to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, St Mark's Cathedral
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): browse the different shops at Riverside Mall, stroll through Elephant Whispers, and then indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Ilanga Mall, then see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip tool

Getting from Knysna to Nelspruit by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Shautany Chocolatiers
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
i'langa Mall ©
i'langa Mall
Sudwala Dinosaur Park ©
Sudwala Dinosaur Park

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kruger National Park (Tshokwane Picnic Site & Safaris). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, and view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit attractions planning app

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): hunt for treasures at Market on Main, stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre, and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip itinerary planner

Fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May, Johannesburg is a bit cooler than Hoedspruit - with highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sandton City Shopping Centre
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Market on Main ©
Market on Main
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Sandton City Shopping Centre ©
Sandton City Shopping Centre

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