19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
End: Johannesburg

2
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), stroll through Birds of Eden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Bollard Bay and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip builder .

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

1
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 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn road trip tool .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 26th (Mon), look for gifts at Bee Things, look for gifts at Chocolat Etc., then get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, and finally make a trip to NG Kerk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Swellendam trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Swellendam are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums
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Bee Things ©
Bee Things
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
NG Kerk Swellendam ©
NG Kerk Swellendam

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Museum-lovers will appreciate District Six Museum and First South African Perfume Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town holiday planner.

Drive from Swellendam to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

First South African Perfume Museum
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

2
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.
On the 1st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornybush Game Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hoedspruit, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

3
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.
On the 4th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, then see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, then stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit online visit planner .

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Hoedspruit in April, expect nights in Nelspruit to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Constitution Hill and Mandela House are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History capture your imagination. Spend the 8th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through The Cradle of Humankind, wander the streets of Newtown, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gandhi Square, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Neighbourgoods Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg road trip planning tool .

Fly from Nelspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nelspruit in April since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Tours Museums

Side Trip

The Cradle of Humankind
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

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