23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©

City of Light

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.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Union Buildings in Pretoria--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, visit Maboneng Precinct, and get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

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

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks

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Specialty Museum
Apartheid Museum
4.5
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Theme Park
Gold Reef City
4.0

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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. The adventure continues: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

Make your Kruger National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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.
Step out of Hoedspruit to go to Hazyview and see Elephant Whispers, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, and explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©

Mother City

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Town holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hoedspruit in December, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©

Ostrich Capital of the World

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 31st (Tue): Head underground at Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, and finally take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Cave
Cango Caves
4.5
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Scenic Drive
Swartberg Pass
4.7
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Cango Wildlife Ranch
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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 (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads), The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree & Suspension Bridge). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay online route planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Nature / Park
Robberg Nature Reserve
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Birds of Eden
4.7
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Knysna Elephant Park
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