21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

4
nights
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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (National Library of South Africa & Union Buildings). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary maker website .

Mumbai, India to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mumbai to Johannesburg. Traveling from Mumbai in March, expect Johannesburg to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Spend the 7th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, stroll through Lonely Bull Trail, hike along Mphongolo Backpacking Trail, and contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kruger National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Hazyview (The Elephant Sanctuary & Safaris). There's lots more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, browse the exhibits of iNyoka Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip tool .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. March in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Hazyview
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Spas
Safaris

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna Heads (in Knysna) and Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, hike along Otter Trail, snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay road trip planner .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Plettenberg Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in March, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, Storms River bridge
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

6
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, stop by Bo-kaap, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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