๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town, South AfricaA two-week holiday that takes in the best of this stunningly beautiful country. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your South Africa itinerary:

Luxury Addo, South Africa
1 โœˆTo Port Elizabeth (Book >) Dep: Evening ๐ŸจIn flight!
Fuel stations in South Africa are not self-service. Remember to tip the attendant.
2 โœˆTo Port Elizabeth
๐Ÿš—Port Elizabeth to Knysna drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 15:30 Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 18:30
๐ŸจAmanzi Island Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Collect your car and drive straight to Knysna. Speed limits are strictly adhered to in South Africa.
3 Kayak in the bay, go whale watching, relax on nearby Plettenberg’s beaches, drive back along the road toย Tsitsikamma or simply use your first full day chill out in this beautiful town. Although June to November is the best time to see whales, they can be spotted year-round.
4 ๐Ÿš—Knysna to Hermanus drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 ๐ŸจAuberge Provence (Book >) All hotels >
You have all day to make this 4.5 hour drive, so use it to make a stop at theย old-fashioned seaside resort of Mossel Bay before arriving into Hermanus to get down to some serious whale watching. It’s possible to spot whales by standing on the shoreline in Hermanus.
5 ๐Ÿš—Hermanus to Stellenbosch drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 ๐ŸจBoschendal Cottages (Book >) All hotels >
Studded with pretty vineyard estates, Stellenbosch is the perfect place to sample the best that South Africa has to offer. Consider taking a tour so that you can try the wines without having to worry about driving. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most cellars.
6 ๐Ÿš—Stellenbosch to Cape Town drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 15:00 ๐ŸจCape Grace Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a morning amongst the beautiful Stellenbosch scenery before returning the car in Cape Town. You will arrive in the city in time to get the aerial cableway up Table Mountain. It is safe to see sunset from Table Mountain.
7 Start your day with a journey to Robben Island to learn about the conditions suffered by its inmates. Back in town go on a free walking tour of the city and make sure you visit the V&A Waterfront and pretty Bo-Kaap Cape Town boasts many excellent restaurants – be sure to book ahead.
8-9 ๐Ÿš„Cape Town to Pretoria train (Book >) Dep: 14:30 ๐ŸจTrain (Book >)
You have the morning of day 8 to see any Cape Town sights you may have missed before boarding the train to Pretoria. You will need to dress smartly on the train.
10 ๐Ÿš„Cape Town to Pretoria train
๐Ÿš—Pretoria to Kruger drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 11:00 Arr: 10:00

Arr: 16:00

๐ŸจKapama River Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Long drive into the depths of Kruger National Park, spotting wildlife along the way. Malaria is present in Kruger – make sure you have adequate protection.
11-12 Over the next couple of days you’ll enjoy game drives to see the Big Five alongside the other fascinating creatures who call this place home. Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
13-14 ๐Ÿš—Kruger to Johannesburg drive
โœˆJohannesburg to home (Book >)
Dep: 10:00Dep: Evening Arr: 15:00Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this South Africa itinerary with the Namibia, Ethiopia or Tanzania itinerary
Leave plenty of time for your drive back to the airport.
Mid-range Garden Route, South Africa
1 โœˆTo Port Elizabeth (Book >) Dep: Evening ๐ŸจIn flight!
Fuel stations in South Africa are not self-service. Remember to tip the attendant.
2 โœˆTo Port Elizabeth flight
๐Ÿš—Port Elizabeth to Knysna drive (Hire car >)
Dep: 15:30 Arr: Afternoon
Arr: 18:30
๐ŸจAmanzi Island Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Collect your car and drive straight to Knysna. Speed limits are strictly adhered to in South Africa.
3 Kayak in the bay, go whale watching, relax on nearby Plettenberg’s beaches, drive back along the road to Tsitsikamma or simply use your first full day chill out in this beautiful town. Although June to November is the best time to see whales, they can be spotted year-round.
4 ๐Ÿš—Knysna to Hermanus drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:30 ๐Ÿจ138 Marine Beachfront Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
You have all day to make this 4.5 hour drive, so use it to make a stop at the old-fashioned seaside resort of Mossel Bay before arriving into Hermanus to get down to some serious whale watching. It’s possible to spot whales by standing on the shoreline in Hermanus.
5 ๐Ÿš—Hermanus to Stellenbosch drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 11:00 ๐ŸจWild Mushroom Luxury Country House (Book >) All hotels >
Studded with pretty vineyard estates, Stellenbosch is the perfect place to sample the best that South Africa has to offer. Consider taking a tour so that you can try the wines without having to worry about driving. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most cellars.
6 ๐Ÿš—Stellenbosch to Cape Town drive Dep: 14:00 Arr: 15:00 ๐ŸจCape Heritage Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a morning amongst the beautiful Stellenbosch scenery before returning the car in Cape Town. You will arrive in the city in time to get the aerial cableway up Table Mountain. It is safe to see sunset from Table Mountain.
7 Start your day with a journey to Robben Island to learn about the conditions suffered by its inmates. Back in town go on a free walking tour of the city and make sure you visit the V&A Waterfront and pretty Bo-Kaap Cape Town boasts many excellent restaurants – be sure to book ahead.
8 โœˆCape Town to Nelspruit flight (Book >)
๐Ÿš—Nelspruit toย Grietjie drive (Hire car >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: 13:30

Arr: Afternoon

Arr: 16:30

๐ŸจCasart Game Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Drive the Panorama Route to Grietjie Nature Reserve on the edge of Kruger. Look out for potholes when driving here.
9-11 Over the next few days you’ll enjoy game drives to see the Big Five alongside the other fascinating creatures who call this place home. Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
12 ๐Ÿš—Grietjie to Johannesburg drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 15:00 ๐ŸจCotswold Gardens (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy as museum or two when you arrive into Jo’burg. The fastest route is a toll road.
13 โœˆJohannesburg to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this South Africa itinerary with the Namibia, Ethiopia or Tanzania itinerary
More time to see Jo’burgs museums and galleries.
Budget Stellenbosch, South Africa
1 โœˆTo Port Elizabeth (Book >) Dep: Evening ๐ŸจIn flight!
Port Elizabeth airport is close to downtown and so taxis will be cheap.
2 โœˆTo Port Elizabeth Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจRiverfront Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Walk theย Donkin Heritage Trail and relax on the city’s stunning beaches. Public buses are a good way to get about the city. Schedules can be found here.
3 ๐ŸšŒPort Elizabeth to Knysna bus (Book >) Dep: 06:45 Arr: 12:45 ๐ŸจJembjoโ€™s Knysna Lodge & Backpackersย  (Book >) All hostels >
An early start but it’s worth it for having the afternoon in beautiful Knysna. This South Africa itinerary is 14 days long, but you may wish to extend it with more time here. Knysna has a mild climate throughout the year.
4 ๐ŸšŒKnysna to Hermanus bus (Book >) Dep: 12:45 Arr: 19:30 ๐ŸจZzzone (Book >) All hostels >
After a relaxing morning in Knysna enjoy the stunning drive to Hermanus. It’s possible to spot whales by standing on the shoreline in Hermanus.
5 ๐ŸšŒHermanus to Stellenbosch bus (Book >) Dep: 19:30 Arr: 20:15 ๐ŸจStumble Inn Backpackers Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Get up close to the whales with a walk along the cliffs or a cruise. Although June to November is the best time to see whales, they can be spotted year-round.
6 ๐ŸšŒStellenbosch to Cape Town bus (Book >) Dep: 20:15 Arr: 21:30 ๐ŸจCURIOCITY Cape Town (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy a day amongst the beautiful Stellenbosch scenery taking the bus to Cape Town. You will need to buy a glass to taste the wines in most Stellenbosch cellars.
7 Start your day with a journey to Robben Island to learn about the conditions suffered by its inmates. Back in town go on a free walking tour of the city and make sure you visit the V&A Waterfront and pretty Bo-Kaap Cape Town boasts many excellent restaurants – be sure to book ahead.
8 โœˆCape Town to Johannesburg flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening ๐ŸจBackpackers Connection (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy more Cape Town sights includingย the aerial cableway up Table Mountain. It’s safe to take the cableway up Table Mountain at any time of day.
9 ๐ŸšŒJohannesburg to Masodini bus (Book >) Dep: 06:45 Arr: 13:00 ๐ŸจMasodini Game Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Take the transfer bus from Jo’burg airport to Masodini where you can commence your safari. The Kruger area is malarial so please take precautions.
10-11 Over the next couple of days you’ll enjoy game drives to see the Big Five alongside the other fascinating creatures who call this place home. Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
12 ๐ŸšŒMasodini to Johannesburg bus (Book >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 17:00 ๐ŸจCurioCity Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Your hostel offers tours, as well as activities such as yoga on the roof. You’re staying in a lively and safe part of the city.
13-14 โœˆJohannesburg to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this South Africa itinerary with the Namibia, Ethiopia or Tanzania itinerary
Time to see some of Jo’burgs museums and galleries.

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