22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Start: Lahore
Fly:  19 h
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and South Western Townships. Step out of Johannesburg to go to Brits and see Ukutula Conservation Center, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at SAB World of Beer, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Arts on Main, and get engrossed in the history at Hector Pieterson Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg journey builder tool.

Lahore, Pakistan to Johannesburg is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Lahore to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lahore in January: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 33°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

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.
Get outdoors at Elephant Whispers and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa), Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). It doesn't end there: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit tour planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off 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, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Amarula Lapa, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Elephant Whispers
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Voelklip Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Grotto Beach and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, stroll through Kwaaiwater, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hermanus travel app.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Hermanus takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can 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

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.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. Visit Noordhoek Beach and Fish Hoek Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass & Franschhoek Motor Museum) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Helderberg Nature Reserve, and do a tasting at Vergelegen Estate.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden Route National Park and Knysna Lagoon. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors and enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna online trip planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in February, you will find days in Knysna are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough 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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