19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa planner

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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria (about 46 minutes away). Pack the 7th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online driving holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect nights in Johannesburg to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 9th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail and hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park online journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), Otter Trail (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Plettenberg Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in October, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Oudtshoorn trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Scenic Drive
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Cape Town

— 6 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and stroll through Signal Hill.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Cape Town travel planner.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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South Africa travel guide

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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.