22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Bristol
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  16​h
1
Hermanus
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 45​min
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 30​min
End: Bristol

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Beach and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Iona Wine Farm (in Grabouw), Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in L'Agulhas). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, trek along De Hoop Nature Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio, and browse the exhibits of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus online itinerary planner .

Bristol, UK to Hermanus is an approximately 16-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 2 hours. In May in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Swellendam, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Iona Wine Farm, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery) and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and browse the exhibits of iNyoka Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip maker website .

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. When traveling from Hermanus in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Hoedspruit, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Phalaborwa, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
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3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Whispers and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Zipline (in Hazyview) and Kruger National Park (Napi Wilderness Trail & Safaris). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves and look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit route planning app .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Hazyview
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

1
night
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Reinet House and then stroll through Valley of Desolation. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Urquhart House Museum and then see the interesting displays at The Owl House.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Nelspruit to Graaff-Reinet by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Owl House
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wilderness Beach and Knysna Lagoon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Holy Trinity Church, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and snap pictures at Suspension Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Wilderness Beach, Suspension Bridge, Storms River bridge
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Franschhoek Motor Museum and Twelve Apostles. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch) and Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip builder tool .

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in June, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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