21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
St Lucia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Durban
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hermanus
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
6
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
End: Johannesburg

1
night
St Lucia

St Lucia ©
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, buy something for everyone on your list at Mtuba Mall, and then pick up some local products at Zamimpilo Community Market.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia road trip planning app .

Johannesburg to St Lucia is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mtuba Mall, Zamimpilo Community Market
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Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Safaris
Zamimpilo Community Market ©
Zamimpilo Community Market

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Golden Mile and Umhlanga Main Beach. For shopping fun, head to Gateway Theatre of Shopping or Andrew Early Design Studio. Go for a jaunt from Durban to Umkomaas to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Masjid Mosque, and admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Durban online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from St Lucia to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to The Waterfront Knysna Quays or Elephant Walk Farm Stall. You'll get in some beach time at Wilderness Beach and Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary), Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and take an in-depth tour of Old Gaol and Art Gallery.

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Fly from Durban to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Durban in June, expect Knysna to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Storms River Suspension Bridge, Wilderness Beach, Outeniqua Transport Museum
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Museum-lovers will appreciate West Coast Fossil Park and First South African Perfume Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Bloubergstrand Beach and Fish Hoek Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park), Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, take in the spiritual surroundings of Auwal Mosque, stop by Uwe Koetter Jewellers, and learn about winemaking at Eikehof.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Knysna in June since evenings lows in Cape Town dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, West Coast National Park, Chapman's Peak Drive, !Khwa ttu
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
West Coast Fossil Park ©
West Coast Fossil Park

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Originals Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Voelklip Beach and Grotto Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus online attractions planner .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Franschhoek Pass, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Panorama Route. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview), Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Graskop (Wonder View & Panoramic Route Mpumalanga). There's more to do: stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop and enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hermanus in June, expect nights in Hoedspruit to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Graskop, Hazyview, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, God's Window
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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