14 days in South Africa Itinerary

14 days in South Africa Itinerary

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14 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Hoedspruit
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Graskop
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, then stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, and then take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Designs.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker app .

Johannesburg to Hoedspruit is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Graskop.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

1
night
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Lisbon Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, then stroll through Wonder View, and finally cruise along Panorama Route.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Graskop trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Hoedspruit to Graskop in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Graskop sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Lisbon Falls ©
Lisbon Falls
Wonder View ©
Wonder View

2
nights
Nelspruit

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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, then Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and then stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nelspruit day trip planning site .

You can drive from Graskop to Nelspruit in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lone Creek Falls
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Platteklip Gorge and Twelve Apostles. Family-friendly places like Bloubergstrand Beach and Cape of Good Hope will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, do a tasting at High Constantia Wine Cellar, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town road trip app .

Fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
On the 25th (Wed), make a trip to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Struisbaai Beach.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Agulhas journey maker .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas takes 3 hours. In December in Cape Agulhas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Plettenberg Beach and Wilderness Beach. Appreciate the collections at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Jandreart Studio. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Buffalo Bay, & more). There's more to do: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay road trip website .

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Plettenberg Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Outeniqua Transport Museum, Wilderness Beach
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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