21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Durban
— 2 nights
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
4
Knysna
— 4 nights
5
Hermanus
— 3 nights
6
Cape Town
— 4 nights

2
nights
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 35 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 °C and lows at °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

Scuba & Snorkeling, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Umhlanga Main Beach
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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 Lone Creek Falls. Visiting Safaris and Mary Shire Falls will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Hazyview to see The Elephant Sanctuary about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit travel site.

Getting from Durban to Nelspruit by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Nelspruit when traveling from Durban in November, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough 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 Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

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 °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Qualito Craft Distillery
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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 Knysna Lagoon. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary), Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree & Suspension Bridge). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Knysna visit planner.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Knysna in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hoedspruit in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Knysna: temperatures range from °C by day to °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

Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park
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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 Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. 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. There's still lots to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, and kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner.

Drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Knysna in November: highs in Hermanus hover around °C, while lows dip to °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

Stony Point Penguin Colony, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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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 Signal Hill. There's much more to do: hike along Platteklip Gorge, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

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Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °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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