23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Bus + Fly:  25 h
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

3
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.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Union Buildings in Pretoria, approximately Pretoria away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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Montreal, Canada to Johannesburg is an approximately 25- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Johannesburg is 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in September: highs in Johannesburg hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Greenstone Mall, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Union Buildings
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©

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 14th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, trek along Bushmans Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip maker website.

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 September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Mphongolo Backpacking Trail ©
Mphongolo Backpacking Trail

3
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.
Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Safaris in Phalaborwa, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip maker tool.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Safaris
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Safaris

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Head underground at Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Mark's Cathedral, then relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hoedspruit in September; daily highs in Oudtshoorn reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

St Mark's Cathedral
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll through Birds of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On the next day, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, and then hike along Otter Trail.

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Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna Elephant Park
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and visit Abseil Africa.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. September in Cape Town sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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