22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
1
Bredasdorp
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Calitzdorp
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  10 h
5
St Lucia
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
7
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

2
nights
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Get outdoors at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve. Visit Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Kassiesbaai for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Swellendam (Old Apostolic Church, Kunstehuijs Art Gallery, & more) and Grotto Beach (in Hermanus). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Seaside Dunes.

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Edinburgh, UK to Bredasdorp is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Bredasdorp. Traveling from Edinburgh in June, Bredasdorp is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Calitzdorp.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Swellendam, Arniston, Cape Agulhas, Grotto Beach
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

2
nights
Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp ©
On the 27th (Wed), experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then learn about winemaking at Calitzdorp Cellar, and finally see the interesting displays at Calitzdorp Museum. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Rooiberg Pass, then view the masterpieces at Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café, then do a tasting at De Krans Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Boplaas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Calitzdorp vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bredasdorp to Calitzdorp takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Calitzdorp

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Oudtshoorn
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Calitzdorp Cellar ©
Calitzdorp Cellar
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, then stroll through Elephant Sanctuary, and finally learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Calitzdorp to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags ©
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Valley of Desolation.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet visit planner .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Graaff-Reinet in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Heritage Tours & Safaris. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, then stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and then pick up some local products at Zamimpilo Community Market.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our St Lucia trip planning tool .

Getting from Graaff-Reinet to St Lucia by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in St Lucia sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Zamimpilo Community Market, Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris

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.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery and look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Hoedspruit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from St Lucia in July since evenings lows in Hoedspruit dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island and The Franschhoek Motor Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and do a tasting at Klein Constantia.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in July, things will get slightly colder in Cape Town: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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