11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City and then browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg vacation maker website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Theme Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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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 29th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and then try to win big at Emnotweni Casino.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit online journey maker .

Fly from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town tour planner.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, explore and take pictures at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in January, expect nights in Oudtshoorn to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Birds of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mitchell's Brewery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay vacation planner .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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