23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 5 nights
6
Durban
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Apartheid Museum and Lindfield Victorian House Museum. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Pack the 6th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg vacation builder.

New Delhi, India to Johannesburg is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In December, Johannesburg is a bit warmer than New Delhi - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Wild Cave Adventures, Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Wild Cave Adventures ©
Wild Cave Adventures

2
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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.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Nelspruit trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

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 get in some beach time at Bollard Bay and Buffalo Bay. Visiting Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Dutch Reformed Mother Church (in George) and Knysna (Knysna Heads & Brenton on Sea). The adventure continues: stroll through Plettenberg Beach, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, and savor the flavors at Harkerville Saturday Village Market.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay vacation builder.

Getting from Nelspruit to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, experience rural life at Klein River Farmstead, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): stroll through Grotto Beach, then look for gifts at Funky Vibes, and then hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stanford
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Kids will enjoy Greenmarket Square and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, examine the collection at District Six Museum, look for gifts at Prins & Prins, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Llandudno Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Gateway Theatre of Shopping and then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach. On your second day here, make a splash at uShaka Marine World, then browse for treasures at Burnedale, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Durban trip generator.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Durban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Durban, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Burnedale Farm
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Gateway Theatre of Shopping ©
Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

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