23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  34​h
1
St Lucia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 30​min
3
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Bredasdorp
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Phoenix

2
nights
St Lucia

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 7th (Fri), explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then head off the coast to Pelican Island.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the St Lucia trip app .

Phoenix, USA to St Lucia is an approximately 34-hour flight. Traveling from Phoenix to St Lucia, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Pelican Island
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Safaris. Explore hidden gems such as Tshukudu Game Lodge and iNyoka Art Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit online day trip planner .

Getting from St Lucia to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. September in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Old Residency.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet visit planning app .

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Hoedspruit to Graaff-Reinet in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk
St James the Great Anglican Church ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and then kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay travel planning tool .

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort, then take in the dramatic scenery at Meiringspoort Waterfall, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn journey planner.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oudtshoorn, with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

De Rust, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

3
nights
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and De Mond Nature Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kassiesbaai and The Kapula Gallery. Take a break from Bredasdorp with a short trip to De Wetshof Estate in Robertson, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve and trek along The Tradouwspass.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bredasdorp trip maker tool .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Bredasdorp in 3.5 hours. September in Bredasdorp sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas, De Wetshof Estate, The Tradouwspass
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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De Mond Nature Reserve ©
De Mond Nature Reserve
Kassiesbaai ©
Kassiesbaai
De Wetshof Estate ©
De Wetshof Estate

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 21st (Fri), see the sky in a new way at SANSA Space Science, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then stroll through Voelklip Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, stroll through Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, and then learn about winemaking at Stanford Hills Estate.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner .

Getting from Bredasdorp to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Stanford
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Robben Island and The Franschhoek Motor Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Boschendal Wine Estate in Groot Drakenstein, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Boschendal Wine Estate, The Franschhoek Motor Museum
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

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