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 15​min
4
Johannesburg
— Few hours
5
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Storms River
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
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 13-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, plan for little chillier nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): Head underground at Sudwala Caves, take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and then stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Nelspruit trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©

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.
Kruger National Park is known for wildlife, parks, trails, spas, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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're off toJohannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Trails
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Masorini Archaeological Site ©
Masorini Archaeological Site
Tshokwane Picnic Site ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site

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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. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port 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.
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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Storms River.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve

2
nights
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree and then snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge. On your second day here, hike along Otter Trail and then stroll through Waterfall Trail.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Storms River trip planning tool .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Storms River in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Storms River can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge

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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.
To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Storms River to Plettenberg Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Knysna on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
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 13 — 15:
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

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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 car from Knysna to Hermanus takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shark Diving
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Southern Right Charters ©
Southern Right Charters

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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
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Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

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