20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
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Pietermaritzburg
— 2 nights
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Nelspruit
— 2 nights
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Polokwane
— 1 night
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Hartbeespoort
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
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Bloemfontein
— 2 nights
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Kimberley
— 1 night

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): head outdoors with Kabouga 4 x 4 Trail, then stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre, and then walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with CrissCross Adventures.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park trip planner.

Cape Town to Addo Elephant National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Addo Elephant National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pietermaritzburg.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
CrissCross Adventures ©
CrissCross Adventures
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

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Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg ©
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Venture out of the city with trips to Piggly Wiggly Country Village (in Nottingham Road) and Karkloof Canopy Tour (in Howick). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Capture Site, explore the world behind art at Tatham Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Luke's Anglican Church, and stroll through Tala Private Game Reserve.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pietermaritzburg online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Addo Elephant National Park to Pietermaritzburg. Traveling from Addo Elephant National Park in December, expect nights in Pietermaritzburg to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Howick, Piggly Wiggly Country Village
Highlights from your plan
Howick Falls ©
Howick Falls
Nelson Mandela Capture Site ©
Nelson Mandela Capture Site
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary ©
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Krugerhof Museum (in Waterval Boven), Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Perry's Bridge Reptile Park). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, head off-road at Open Skies Wilderness Expeditions, and stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pietermaritzburg to Nelspruit. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Polokwane.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Krugerhof Museum, Safaris, Africa Joy
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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Polokwane

Polokwane ©
Polokwane, meaning "Place of Safety" in Northern Sotho, is a city in the Polokwane Local Municipality and the capital of the Limpopo province, South Africa. On the 14th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on Big Cat Experiences, try your luck at Meropa Casino & Entertainment World, and then stroll through Polokwane Game Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Bakone Malapa Open-Air Museum and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of the North.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Polokwane visit planner.

Getting from Nelspruit to Polokwane by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Polokwane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Hartbeespoort.

Things to do in Polokwane

Wildlife · Shopping · Casinos

Side Trip

Big Cat Experiences
Highlights from your plan
Big Cat Experiences ©
Big Cat Experiences
Mall of the North ©
Mall of the North
Meropa Casino & Entertainment World ©
Meropa Casino & Entertainment World

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Hartbeespoort

Hartbeespoort ©
Considered a gateway of the hartbees, a species of African antelope, the resort town of Hartbeespoort swarms with holiday homes around a popular arch-type dam.
On the 16th (Wed), stroll through Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and then stroll through Lion and Safari Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Ama Zwing Zwing Zipline Tour.

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

Drive from Polokwane to Hartbeespoort in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hartbeespoort are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hartbeespoort

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Broederstroom, Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve ©
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park ©
Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park
Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary ©
Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

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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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Hartbeespoort to Johannesburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a shuttle. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, Alberts Farm
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein ©
Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, test your team's savvy at Elude Escape Rooms, and then get engrossed in the history at Anglo Boer War Museum. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Cheetah Experience, take some stellar pictures from Naval Hill, then view the masterpieces at Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery, and finally browse the exhibits of Gallery on Leviseur.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bloemfontein day trip website.

Getting from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Bloemfontein to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Elude Escape Rooms ©
Elude Escape Rooms
Anglo Boer War Museum ©
Anglo Boer War Museum
Oliewenhuis Art Museum ©
Oliewenhuis Art Museum

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Kimberley

Kimberley ©
As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rooipoort Nature Reserve.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kimberley driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Bloemfontein to Kimberley in 2 hours. December in Kimberley sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 24th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum

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