21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Shark Diving. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Umhlanga Main Beach and Durban Botanic Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durban trip itinerary site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Durban is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. 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 Tours

Side Trips

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

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

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nelspruit travel route builder tool.

Getting from Durban to Nelspruit by flight takes about 2 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

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.
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 Trails

Side Trips

Qualito Craft Distillery, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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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 Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags), Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree & Suspension Bridge) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Wilderness). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Knysna visit planner.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Knysna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoedspruit in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Knysna: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Shark Diving. Get outdoors at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Gansbaai to see African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, stop by Hemingways of Hermanus, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Hermanus takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cape Point and Platteklip Gorge. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, 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 find where to stay, photos, more things to do, 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
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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