24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  33 h
1
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Stellenbosch
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Hermanus
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  27 h
End: Auckland

5
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.
Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview), Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Nkumbe View Site, & more) and Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit itinerary planning app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Hoedspruit is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in October, expect nights in Hoedspruit to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa, Elephant Whispers, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge.

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You can fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in October: highs in Cape Town hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

4
nights
Stellenbosch

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Explore Stellenbosch's surroundings by going to Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum, Franschhoek Pass, & more) and Robertson (Marbrin Olive Growers & Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Waterford Estate, steep yourself in history at Boschendal Wine Estate, and see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Stellenbosch trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Stellenbosch sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Robertson, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
First South African Perfume Museum ©
First South African Perfume Museum

5
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Shark Diving (in Gansbaai), Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas) and Betty's Bay (Betty's Bay Main Beach & Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Stellenbosch to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Betty's Bay, Swellendam, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path

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