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
Fly
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Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Durban

Surf City

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 25 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 · Tours

Side Trips

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Nelspruit

Gateway to the Lowveld

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 Sudwala Caves will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Mary Shire Falls (in Sabie) and The Elephant Sanctuary (in Hazyview). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary 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 bus. 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 · Tours

Side Trips

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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 Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Kumbaya Home Decor. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa) and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park). There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit sightseeing planning website.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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 Parasailing & Paragliding. 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 Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

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 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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 African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, and stroll through Kwaaiwater.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip builder.

You can drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. 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 up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Cape Town

Mother City

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 · Beaches
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South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.