22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hermanus
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h
4
Hazyview
— 4 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
St Lucia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Johannesburg

4
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.
Outeniqua Transport Museum and Jandreart Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Garden Route National Park and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Brenton on Sea (in Knysna), Shark Diving (in Mossel Bay) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's much more to do: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay online attractions planner .

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are little chillier (21°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna, Shark Diving, Suspension Bridge, Wilderness Beach, Outeniqua Transport Museum
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Family-friendly places like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Bloubergstrand Beach will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Franschhoek Motor Museum and West Coast National Park. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see !Khwa ttu in Yzerfontein, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

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Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cape Town, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

!Khwa ttu, Chapman's Peak Drive, West Coast National Park, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to De Hoop Nature Reserve (in Bredasdorp) and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery (in Swellendam). There's more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hermanus online trip planner .

Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 1:
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

4
nights
Hazyview

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bourkes' Luck Potholes and Elephant Whispers. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Wonder View. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Mary Shire Falls (in Sabie), Sudwala Caves (in Nelspruit) and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre (in Hoedspruit). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hazyview in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hermanus in September: high temperatures in Hazyview hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wonder View, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Sudwala Caves, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Safaris
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Safaris
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Fri), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Heritage Tours & Safaris.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read St Lucia day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Hazyview to St Lucia takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Veyane Cultural Village ©
Veyane Cultural Village

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