21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte
bus + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
6
St Lucia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Belo Horizonte

3
nights
Cape Town

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Twelve Apostles. Change things up with a short trip to Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town day trip planning app .

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to South Africa Standard Time is 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Belo Horizonte in January: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Wine Tours & Tastings, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Beach and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas), Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in L'Agulhas) and Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B (in Struisbaai). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony, and sample the tasty concoctions at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hermanus journey planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Franschhoek, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

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 13th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then experience rural life at Redberry Farm, then see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, get engrossed in the history at C.P Nel Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Meiringspoort Waterfall, and finally take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Hermanus in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

George, De Rust
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

3
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Brenton on Sea and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park), Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Wilderness (Parasailing & Paragliding & Wilderness Beach). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Buffalo Bay, indulge your taste buds at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Knysna online journey planner .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

1
night
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at The Reinet House, examine the collection at Urquhart House Museum, stroll through Valley of Desolation, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, and finally examine the collection at Old Residency.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk

1
night
St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Emdoneni Cheetah project and then explore the striking landscape of Heritage Tours & Safaris.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St Lucia day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Graaff-Reinet to St Lucia in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Emdoneni Cheetah project, Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

2
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, then examine the collection at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lone Creek Falls.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Nelspruit online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Nelspruit in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lone Creek Falls
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Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, then stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and finally explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In January in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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