23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Wilderness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
6
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
7
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Riyadh

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Chapman's Peak Drive. You'll get in some beach time at Bloubergstrand Beach and Fish Hoek Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Platteklip Gorge, browse the different shops at Canal Walk Shopping Centre, get great views at Cape Point, and view the masterpieces at Soni Art Studio.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town visit planning site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cape Town is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in August, things will get colder in Cape Town: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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 (Fri): stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then stroll through Voelklip Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market, stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony, and then stop by Funky Vibes.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
On the 6th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Agulhas visit planner.

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas in 2 hours. September in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wilderness.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

3
nights
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wilderness Beach and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Shop till you drop at The Pearl Shop and Pharoah Art Gallery. Step out of Wilderness to go to Mossel Bay and see St. Blaize Trail, which is approximately 52 minutes away. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Wilderness National Park and explore the activities along Wilderness Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wilderness driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Wilderness takes 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Blaize Trail, Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail

3
nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and Radical Raptors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Jandreart Studio). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay travel route planner.

Drive from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Three Roundavels. Step out of the city life by going to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Hazyview (Perry's Bridge Reptile Park & Elephant Whispers). There's more to do: look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit travel route planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Hoedspruit in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, expect nights in Hoedspruit to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Hazyview
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Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

4
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Mphongolo Backpacking Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail, and trek along Lonely Bull Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online trip maker.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

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