17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Hazyview
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay road trip website .

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna Heads
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, trek along Platteklip Gorge, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

3
nights
Hazyview

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hazyview: Kruger National Park (Safaris, Tshokwane Picnic Site, & more), Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Joubert en Seuns Padstal (in Nelspruit). There's more to do: stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hazyview sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Hazyview takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Joubert en Seuns Padstal
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Nkumbe View Site ©
Nkumbe View Site

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery) and Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Nyalaland Wilderness Trail, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa
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4
nights
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Union Buildings in Pretoria, approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg day trip planning website .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

Union Buildings
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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