22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly:  19​h
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Lahore

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Ukutula Conservation Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Western Townships and Maboneng Precinct. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hector Pieterson Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gandhi Square, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the exciting artwork at I was shot in Joburg.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg online trip maker .

Lahore, Pakistan to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lahore in January, with highs in Johannesburg at 33°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Ukutula Conservation Center
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Safaris
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Elephant Whispers. Take a break from the city and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Idube Game Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela), Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park) and Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa). There's more to do: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Elephant Whispers, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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3
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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Take a break from the city and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Grotto Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Voelklip Beach and Kwaaiwater. Step out of Hermanus with an excursion to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hermanus road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hoedspruit to Hermanus takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In January in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Point and Bloubergstrand Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass & Franschhoek Motor Museum). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Platteklip Gorge, do a tasting at Beau Constantia, hike along Helderberg Nature Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town 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. January in Cape Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garden Route National Park and Wilderness Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Knysna attractions planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Knysna, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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