18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Union Buildings in Pretoria (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, try out the rides at Gold Reef City, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Johannesburg. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Casinos

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Union Buildings
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Spend the 18th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and hike along Lonely Bull Trail.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kruger National Park visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery, stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and then browse the exhibits of Kingfisher Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Spas
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

5
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, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. While traveling from Hoedspruit, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
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 28th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

3
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 find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park) and Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth). There's still lots to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, take in the views from Suspension Bridge, and trek along Otter Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River bridge
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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