22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Johannesburg

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.
Head to Sandton City Shopping Centre and Neighbourgoods Marketfor some retail therapy. Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market in Bryanston--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, look for gifts at Fourways Farmers Market, and browse the different shops at 44 STANLEY.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Johannesburg. October in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sandton, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, Cresta Shopping Centre
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Safaris
The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market ©
Neighbourgoods Market ©
Neighbourgoods Market

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Relax by the water at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Do your shopping at Greenmarket Square and Old Biscuit Mill. There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, look for gifts at Original T Bag Designs, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town vacation builder.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Beaches
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start 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. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Voelklip Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hermanus trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

4
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.
Do your shopping at Ilanga Mall and Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. Step out of Nelspruit to go to Hazyview and see Elephant Whispers, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Riverside Mall, savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers, head off-road at local off-road trails, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nelspruit trip builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

White River, Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©

5
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa), Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Kruger National Park (Thornybush Game Reserve, Safaris, & more). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kinyonga Reptile Center, view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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