24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa tour planner

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Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Bus
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Durban
— 5 nights
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Cape Town

— 5 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Bring the kids along to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Cape Town. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

Oudtshoorn

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): experience rural life at Redberry Farm and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip maker tool.

Getting from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Plettenberg Bay

— 3 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Knysna Elephant Park and Knysna Heads will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Birds of Eden, cool off at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay road trip tool.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Johannesburg

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then discover the deep blue sea with 7th Heaven Scuba. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then visit Maboneng Precinct.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in December, expect nights in Johannesburg to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Hoedspruit

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then stop by Kumbaya Home Decor. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Kruger National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 1st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail and stroll through Bushmans Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Durban.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

Durban

— 5 nights

Surf City

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.
Family-friendly places like uShaka Marine World and Shark Diving will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Mac Nicol's Caravan Park (in Sihangwane), Umdonipark Golf Course (in Pennington) and Flag Animal Farm (in Salt Rock). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, stroll around Umgeni River Bird Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Durban trip builder.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Durban by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in January since evenings lows in Durban dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

KwaZulu-Natal travel guide

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Water Parks · Nature & Parks · Beaches
In KwaZulu-Natal, opposites attract: modern malls and old bazaars, tribal settlements and shiny skyscrapers, and traditional customs and Western culture. Relax on some of the numerous tranquil beaches that dot the region's long coastline on the Indian Ocean. Climb the mountains, take a savannah safari, see Africa's Big Five game, then go partying after dark. Other highlights of a KwaZulu-Natal itinerary include the second-highest waterfall in the world, Zulu villages, and historic battlefields.