22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Zurich

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Liliesleaf. Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Sandton City Shopping Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. In December, Johannesburg is warmer than Zurich - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Liliesleaf, Sandton City Shopping Centre
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Wolhuter Wilderness Trail. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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.
Do your shopping at 24 Degrees South and Kumbaya Home Decor. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

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.
On the 31st (Tue), stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, get engrossed in the history at C.P Nel Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, then look for gifts at Latana Cheese, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in December: high temperatures in Oudtshoorn hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Meiringspoort
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Porcupine Ceramics and Plettenvale Wines. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Robberg Nature Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Jandreart Studio (in Knysna) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Plettenberg Bay trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Jandreart Studio, The Dolphin Trail
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

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.
Shop till you drop at Uwe Koetter Jewellers and The Old Biscuit Mill. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and Waterford Estate. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum & Eikehof). There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape Point, trek along Platteklip Gorge, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Town journey planner .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Waterford Estate, Chapman's Peak Drive, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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