22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Paris

6
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Apartheid Museum and Lindfield Victorian House Museum. Do your shopping at Market on Main and Sandton City Shopping Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg online itinerary creator.

Paris, France to Johannesburg is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Johannesburg. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, Wild Cave Adventures
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Wild Cave Adventures ©
Wild Cave Adventures

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Do your shopping at Ilanga Mall and Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. Take a break from Nelspruit with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, about 1h 10 min away.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit sightseeing planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Nelspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, Idube Game Reserve
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bollard Bay and Plettenberg Beach. Get outdoors at Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Heads. Step out of Plettenberg Bay to go to Knysna and see Brenton on Sea, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Birds of Eden, look for gifts at Harkerville Saturday Village Market, and get outside with Knysna Elephant Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Plettenberg Bay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nelspruit, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach and Robben Island. Relax by the water at Clifton Beaches and Llandudno Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Noordhoek Beach (in Noordhoek) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town vacation trip planner.

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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