22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Nottingham
+3
train + foot + subway + Fly:  20​h 30​min
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  19​h 45​min
Nottingham

4
days
Johannesburg

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.
Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Spend the 11th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and hunt for treasures at Market on Main.

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Nottingham, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Nottingham to Johannesburg. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Nottingham in February, with highs in Johannesburg at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

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Museums Wildlife Tours

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Mandela House
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Safaris & Thornybush Game Reserve). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery.

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Getting from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. February in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Idube Game Reserve
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Safaris

2
days
Nelspruit

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Elephant Sanctuary.

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You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hoedspruit in February since evenings lows in Nelspruit dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

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Hazyview
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©

3
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bollard Bay and Brenton on Sea. Visiting Robberg Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Jandreart Studio & Holy Trinity Church). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden.

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Getting from Nelspruit to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, Plettenberg Bay is little chillier than Nelspruit - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Knysna
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

6
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visiting Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Llandudno Beach and Camp's Bay Beach. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

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Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

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