23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
5
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
District Six Museum and Cape Town Holocaust Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island and Klein Constantia. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Cape Town, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

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

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 2nd (Wed), hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market, learn about winemaking at Stanford Hills Estate, look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, then stop by Funky Vibes, and finally look for gifts at Quirk & Leopard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, relax in the rural setting at Klein River Cheese, and then kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus holiday planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Hermanus sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Stanford
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Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like Elephant Whispers and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Off-Road & ATV Trails. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Ilanga Mall, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, and explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Hermanus, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nelspruit, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

5
nights
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.
Visiting Idube Game Reserve and Napi Wilderness Trail will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Thornybush Game Reserve and Safaris will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park & Lonely Bull Trail) and Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa).

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In August in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wild Cave Adventures and Sterkfontein Cave. Head to Cresta Shopping Centre and Sandton City Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Montecasino (in Sandton) and Union Buildings (in Pretoria). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at South Western Townships, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, and brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg vacation planner.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in August, Johannesburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Cresta Shopping Centre, Union Buildings, Sterkfontein Cave, Wild Cave Adventures
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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