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 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
East London
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Port Edward
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Ballito
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape Town holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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 26th (Thu): experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then Head underground at The Cango Caves.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip builder.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

3
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Plettenberg Bay (Robberg Nature Reserve & Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, get great views at Margaret's Viewpoint, and stop by The Boatshed.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

2
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then hike along Otter Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tsitsikamma National Park can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): look for gifts at Daniell Cheetah Project and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve. On your second day here, stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park and then stroll through Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth custom trip planner.

Getting from Tsitsikamma National Park to Port Elizabeth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to East London.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Daniell Cheetah Project
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

few
hours
East London

East London
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the East London trip planner.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to East London by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Port Edward.

Things to do in East London

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve
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2
nights
Port Edward

Port Edward is a small resort town situated on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, right on the Eastern Cape Province border.Port Edward is a tourist resort for seasonal visitors from more affluent regions of South Africa. On the 4th (Sat), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Edward itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from East London to Port Edward takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ballito.

Things to do in Port Edward

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Diving
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Shark Diving
Beaver Creek Coffee Farm ©
Beaver Creek Coffee Farm

2
nights
Ballito

Ballito ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to King Shaka Memoria.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ballito travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Port Edward to Ballito takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ballito can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Ballito

Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Crocodile Creek, King Shaka Memoria, Flag Animal Farm
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Crocodile Creek ©
Crocodile Creek
Flag Animal Farm ©
Flag Animal Farm
King Shaka Memoria ©
King Shaka Memoria

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nights
Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Golden Mile and then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Durban itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ballito to Durban in an hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ballito in August, with highs in Durban at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Safaris
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

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