21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Berlin
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hermanus
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Berlin

7
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
For shopping fun, head to Greenmarket Square or Uwe Koetter. Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach and Llandudno Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and look for gifts at Shimansky Jewellers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town tour planner.

Berlin, Germany to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Berlin to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

2
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 18th (Mon), look for gifts at Peregrine Farm Stall, look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, and then stop by Funky Vibes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus day trip planner .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Peregrine Farm Stall
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Hemingways of Hermanus ©
Hemingways of Hermanus

3
days
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.
For shopping fun, head to Riverside Mall or Ilanga Mall. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

White River
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Riverside Mall ©
Riverside Mall
Joubert en Seuns Padstal ©
Joubert en Seuns Padstal

3
days
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.
Shop till you drop at 24 Degrees South and Kingfisher Gallery. Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Thornybush Game Reserve. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Safaris in Kruger National Park, approximately 1 hour away. There's more to do: browse the exhibits of iNyoka Art Gallery and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In December in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris
24 Degrees South ©
24 Degrees South

3
days
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.
Head to Market on Main and The Bryanston Organic and Natural Marketfor some retail therapy. Step out of Johannesburg to go to Sandton and see Montecasino, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Carlton Centre, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trips

The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, Montecasino
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Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Market on Main ©
Market on Main

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