23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Union Buildings in Pretoria (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Johannesburg. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Montecasino, Union Buildings
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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.
Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 18th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Bushmans Trail, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To see photos and tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) 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 — 21:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip itinerary app .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. December in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town online trip maker .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Cape Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoedspruit in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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 31st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and then explore the galleries of Cape Palette Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, and finally take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn attractions planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

De Rust, Cape Palette Art Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay tour planner.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park, The Dolphin Trail
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

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