27 days in South Africa Itinerary

27 days in South Africa Itinerary

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27 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  16 h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Rio de Janeiro

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town travel route planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cape Town is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, with highs in Cape Town at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 12:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Bollard Bay & Knysna Heads) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Storms River Suspension Bridge, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

3
nights
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.
On the 17th (Sat), experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kaaiman's River and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn online journey planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wilderness
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Safaris, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit day trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Hoedspruit in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in March, expect Hoedspruit to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Safaris). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit online vacation builder .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Hoedspruit in March, you will find days in Nelspruit are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Hazyview
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris

4
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 Johannesburg with a short trip to Montecasino in Sandton, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, hunt for treasures at Market on Main, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

The Cradle of Humankind, Montecasino
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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