22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Malaga
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h
4
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Malaga

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, take a stroll through Bo-kaap, and take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town itinerary planner .

Malaga, Spain to Cape Town is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Malaga in February, expect Cape Town to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 15:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stroll through Birds of Eden, then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Otter Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in February, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Otter Trail, Knysna Heads
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

2
nights
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 18th (Tue): Head underground at Cango Caves, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

De Rust
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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 20th (Thu), view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, then stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, then stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit vacation planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Hoedspruit in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Oudtshoorn in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hoedspruit: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Spas
Safaris

4
nights
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.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, trek along Mphongolo Backpacking Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lonely Bull Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

5
nights
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.
Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Union Buildings in Pretoria, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and stop by Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Jack Friedman Eastgate
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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