21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Durban
— 2 nights
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Diving and Umhlanga Main Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Golden Mile. Take a break from Durban with a short trip to Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick, about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Durban online travel planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Durban is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Durban. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, expect Durban to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Umhlanga Main Beach
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Whispers and Lone Creek Falls. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Mary Shire Falls. Change things up with a short trip to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit sightseeing planning site .

You can fly from Durban to Nelspruit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Durban in November since evenings lows in Nelspruit dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sabie, Hazyview, Safaris
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Kumbaya Home Decor. Step out of the city life by going to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Phalaborwa to see Qualito Craft Distillery about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Qualito Craft Distillery, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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4
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
We've included these beaches for you: Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden Route National Park and Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Wilderness). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Knysna trip planner.

Fly from Hoedspruit to Knysna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in November, you will find days in Knysna are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, Tsitsikamma National Park, Plettenberg Bay
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Take a break from the city and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Voelklip Beach. Relax by the water at Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Change things up with a short trip to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hermanus planning app .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Hermanus takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Knysna in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hermanus, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Bloubergstrand Beach and Twelve Apostles. Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip tool .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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