21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly:  2 h
1
Durban
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Hazyview
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
4
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Port Elizabeth

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Makiwa Gallery, stroll through Tinley Manor Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Willard Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Durban planning website.

Port Elizabeth to Durban is an approximately 2- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Port Elizabeth in March; daily highs in Durban reach 35°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Ballito, Brake Village Sri Siva Soobramaniar Alayam
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Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

2
nights
Hazyview

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perry's Bridge Reptile Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hazyview trip itinerary site.

Getting from Durban to Hazyview by combination of flight, taxi, and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durban in March: high temperatures in Hazyview hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline

3
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 Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit route planner.

Traveling by bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Safaris, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Safaris
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Mphongolo Backpacking Trail. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

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.
On the 28th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Union Buildings and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Johannesburg, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Union Buildings
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Safaris
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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.
Visit Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. There's lots more to do: hike along Platteklip Gorge, do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town day trip planning app.

Getting from Johannesburg to Cape Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get outside with Waterval Rust en Vrede, Head underground at Cango Caves, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To find out how to plan a trip to Oudtshoorn, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. April in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay tour planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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