23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Paphos
+2
Fly + foot + train:  18​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Cape Town
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  20​h 45​min
End: Paphos

2
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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Sandton and see Montecasino, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, get to know the fascinating history of Gandhi Square, and wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner .

Paphos, Cyprus to Johannesburg is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus, car, and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paphos in February, with highs in Johannesburg at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

#Casinos, #Fun & Games, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mandela House, Montecasino
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit route maker tool .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Johannesburg in February since evenings lows in Nelspruit dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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.
Spend the 10th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nelspruit in February since evenings lows in Kruger National Park dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

1
day
Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stroll through Emdoneni Cheetah project.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hluhluwe Game Reserve travel app .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hluhluwe Game Reserve by car takes about 10 hours. In February, daytime highs in Hluhluwe Game Reserve are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Hluhluwe Game Reserve

#Parks, #Wildlife
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2
nights
Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 15th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, then admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Golden Mile, then make a splash at uShaka Marine World, and then get all the information you need at Old Station Building.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Durban trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Hluhluwe Game Reserve to Durban in 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

1
night
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
On the 17th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, Port Elizabeth is a bit cooler than Durban - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

#Parks, #Wildlife
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve

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.
Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Knysna (Jandreart Studio, Bollard Bay, & more). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Plettenberg Bay trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape of Good Hope, head off the coast to Robben Island, stroll through Boulders Beach, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town driving holiday site .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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