20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
4
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Clifton Beaches and Chapman's Peak Drive. Family-friendly places like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Boulders Beach will thrill your kids. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Cape of Good Hope in Table Mountain National Park--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Company's Gardens.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Cape Town is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuwait City to Cape Town is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuwait City in July; daily highs in Cape Town reach 20°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Explore hidden gems such as Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Elephant Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Storms River Suspension Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave, and do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip builder.

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Plettenberg Bay, with lows of 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Garden Route National Park, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Whispers and Spas & Wellness. Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Moremela to see Bourkes' Luck Potholes about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit holiday planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, you will find days in Hoedspruit are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Elephant Whispers, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lion and Safari Park and Voortrekker Monument. Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Union Buildings, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Pack the 7th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in August, plan for little chillier nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Lion and Safari Park
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Voortrekker Monument ©
Voortrekker Monument
South Western Townships ©
South Western Townships

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