21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Santiago

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.
Visit Constitution Hill and Union Buildings for their historical value. Spend the 16th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, take an in-depth tour of Nelson Mandela Foundation, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg sightseeing planner.

Santiago, Chile to Johannesburg is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Santiago to Johannesburg. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Montecasino
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House
Safaris

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Olifants Wilderness Trail, & more) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit vacation planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Shangana Cultural Village) and Safaris (in Kruger National Park). Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and stop by Africa Joy.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit tour planner .

You can 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 October, you will find days in Nelspruit are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Africa Joy, Safaris
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Seal Point and Shamrock Chapel. Take a break from Port Elizabeth with a short trip to Addo Elephant National Park in Addo Elephant National Park, about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 23rd (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth planning site .

You can fly from Nelspruit to Port Elizabeth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nelspruit in October, plan for little chillier days in Port Elizabeth, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shamrock Chapel, Seal Point, Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Seal Point ©
Seal Point
St Marks Congregational Church ©
St Marks Congregational Church

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tsitsikamma National Park in Tsitsikamma National Park (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope. We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, savor the flavors at Groot Constantia, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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