21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Durban
— 2 nights
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Knysna
— 4 nights
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Hermanus
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 4 nights

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Durban

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Umhlanga Main Beach and Golden Mile. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Durban Botanic Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Durban trip itinerary site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Durban is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Durban is 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in November, with highs in Durban at 32°C and lows at 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

Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Umhlanga Main Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Whispers and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Visiting Safaris and Mary Shire Falls will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: The Elephant Sanctuary (in Hazyview) and Lone Creek Falls (in Sabie). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves and look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nelspruit travel route builder tool.

Getting from Durban to Nelspruit by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durban in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nelspruit, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Sabie, Safaris
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Kumbaya Home Decor. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Before you visit Hoedspruit, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Qualito Craft Distillery
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Garden Route National Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get outdoors at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree & Suspension Bridge), Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Knysna route site.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Knysna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in November, expect nights in Knysna to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

3
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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Grotto Beach. Get outdoors at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and Shark Diving. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Gansbaai to see African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, stop by Hemingways of Hermanus, and stroll through Kwaaiwater.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus road trip website.

You can drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Knysna in November, you will find days in Hermanus are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cape Point and Twelve Apostles. There's still lots to do: trek along Platteklip Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Town online trip builder.

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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