12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Johannesburg

3
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bollard Bay and Plettenberg Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Heads. When in Plettenberg Bay, make a side trip to see Otter Trail in Tsitsikamma National Park, approximately 58 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Eden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip builder.

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna, Otter Trail
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

5
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will enjoy Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Take a break from the city and head to Cape of Good Hope and Signal Hill. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island, and do a tasting at Klein Constantia.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town vacation trip planner.

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

4
days
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.
Attractions like Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Tshukudu Game Lodge make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Kruger National Park and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Kinyonga Reptile Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre ©

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