19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Durban
— 2 nights
4
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

2
nights
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.
Visiting Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Heads will get you outdoors. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Garden Route National Park (in Knysna). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Birds of Eden.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay tour itinerary builder .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Plettenberg Bay is 5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March: high temperatures in Plettenberg Bay hover around 27°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, The Dolphin Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
On the 3rd (Fri), Head underground at Cango Caves, then cruise along Swartberg Pass, and then learn about winemaking at Karusa Vineyards.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Oudtshoorn, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Outdoors Wineries
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

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.
On the 4th (Sat), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Epic Karting Galleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach and then kick back and relax at Willard Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Durban attractions planner .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Durban by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Oudtshoorn in April; daily highs in Durban reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Willard Beach, Epic Karting Galleria, Scuba & Snorkeling, Umhlanga Main Beach
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Elephant Whispers. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Kruger National Park (Nkumbe View Site & Napi Wilderness Trail), Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and The Elephant Sanctuary (in Hazyview). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, and stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nelspruit using our trip planner.

Fly from Durban to Nelspruit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durban in April: high temperatures in Nelspruit hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Hazyview
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Nyalaland Wilderness Trail. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa, Qualito Craft Distillery, & more). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip planning tool .

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Kruger National Park
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Safaris
Nyalaland Wilderness Trail ©
Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Get in touch with nature at Cape Point and Platteklip Gorge. There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, kick back and relax at Llandudno Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point Ostrich Farm, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape Town holiday planner .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. April in Cape Town sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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