21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Pretoria
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
White River
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
8
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Johannesburg
— 1 day
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Visiting Cape Point and Strand Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Coast National Park and Twelve Apostles. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to West Coast Fossil Park (in Vredenburg) and !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein). There's more to do: trek along Platteklip Gorge and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online travel planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in August; daily highs in Cape Town reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

West Coast Fossil Park, !Khwa ttu, West Coast National Park
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

2
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 13th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Topiary Wines, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Drakenstein Lion Park, and then stroll through Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at The Red Teapot Gallery and then examine the collection at Rupert Museum.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Stellenbosch trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Drakenstein Lion Park, Topiary Wines, Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
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Drakenstein Lion Park ©
Drakenstein Lion Park
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve ©
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
Rupert Museum ©
Rupert Museum

3
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Garden Route National Park and Birds of Eden. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Robberg Nature Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Drupkelders Hiking Trail & Jandreart Studio). The adventure continues: walk around Plett Puzzle Park, pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

Getting from Stellenbosch to Plettenberg Bay by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Plett Puzzle Park ©
Plett Puzzle Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Elizabeth driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Museums Parks Wildlife
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1
night
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
On the 19th (Thu), meet the residents at National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, examine the collection at Kruger House Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hennops Hiking Trail, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Buildings.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pretoria road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Pretoria takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Elizabeth in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Pretoria, with highs around 19°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to White River.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails
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Hennops Hiking Trail ©
Hennops Hiking Trail
Kruger House Museum ©
Kruger House Museum

2
nights
White River

White River ©
White River is a small holiday and farming town situated just north of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, South Africa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Whispers and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park. Get outdoors at Sudwala Caves and The Elephant Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near White River: Zipline (in Hazyview) and Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton). It doesn't end there: pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read White River trip builder app .

Drive from Pretoria to White River in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Pretoria in August, expect nights in White River to be little chillier, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in White River

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Sudwala Caves, Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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 23rd (Mon), stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip maker site .

You can drive from White River to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. In August in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Safaris

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hike along Lonely Bull Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): hike along Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park online journey planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Lonely Bull Trail ©
Lonely Bull Trail

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Liliesleaf.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg attractions planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Kruger National Park in August, with lows around 7°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums

Side Trip

Liliesleaf
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Liliesleaf ©
Liliesleaf

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