19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  16​h
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Johannesburg
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h
5
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
10
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

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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.
To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg travel planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Johannesburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, plan for little chillier nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
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.
For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

3
nights
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.
For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park travel route planner.

Getting from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

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hours
Johannesburg

Johannesburg
For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

1
night
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.
For reviews and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Elizabeth, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

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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 Offshore Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some fun to your beach time Offshore Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay driving holiday site .

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Offshore Adventures ©
Offshore Adventures

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Wilderness (Parasailing & Paragliding & Wilderness Beach). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, and stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip builder tool .

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. October in Knysna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Wilderness
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): Head underground at Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip maker app .

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

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night
Mossel Bay

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.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mossel Bay trip itinerary app .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will leave for Hermanus on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You've now added Southern Right Charters to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Gansbaai to see Shark Diving about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus travel app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mossel Bay to Hermanus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Diving
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Southern Right Charters ©
Southern Right Charters

3
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've now added Township Tours Imivuyo to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches and then step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary builder site .

You can 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 October, daytime highs in Cape Town are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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