22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Fly

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Johannesburg

— 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market and Neighbourgoods Market. Spend the 27th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Cresta Shopping Centre, look for gifts at Fourways Farmers Market, and get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Johannesburg. In October, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

Cape Town

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Head to Greenmarket Square and Shimanskyfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, look for gifts at Caroline's Fine Wine Cellar, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Old Biscuit Mill, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 4:

Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, look for gifts at Funky Vibes, and then stop by Quirk & Leopard. On the next day, stroll through Voelklip Beach and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus online travel route planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Nelspruit

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Do your shopping at Africa Joy and Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. When in Nelspruit, make a side trip to see Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, approximately Hazyview away. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at i'langa Mall, look for gifts at Shautany Chocolatiers, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nelspruit holiday maker app.

You can fly from Hermanus to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Hoedspruit

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve), Kruger National Park (Safaris, Napi Wilderness Trail, &more) and Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa). There's more to do: look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop and meet the residents at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online tour planner.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.