22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa Trip Planner
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— 3 nights
Cape Town
— 7 nights
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 5 nights


Johannesburg — 3 nights

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 Playground and Sandton City Shopping Centre. Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market in Bryanston--about 30 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, look for gifts at Fourways Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at 44 Stanley, 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.
Shopping · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Cape Town — 7 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Head to Greenmarket Square and Caroline's Fine Wine Cellarfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, look for gifts at Uwe Koetter Jewellers, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

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.
Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Beaches
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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.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
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Nelspruit — 4 nights

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 Shautany Chocolatiers. 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: stop by Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at i'langa Mall, 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.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife
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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: Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa), Kruger National Park (Safaris, Napi Wilderness Trail, &more) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). 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 take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. 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.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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South Africa travel guide

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.