12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
St Lucia
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
7
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Lion's Head and Cape of Good Hope. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Robben Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, and stroll through Cape Point.

Plan my day in Cape Town using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Cape Town are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

1
night
Gansbaai

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, then see the sky in a new way at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gansbaai day trip planner .

You can drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Gansbaai, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

1
night
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 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay online trip builder .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Gansbaai to Plettenberg Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, then experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

1
day
St Lucia

St Lucia ©
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St Lucia trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to St Lucia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Safaris

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Nelspruit in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and shuttle. February in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

2
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, then hike along Bushmans Trail, and then trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Nelspruit in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Kruger National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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nights
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 22nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Johannesburg itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kruger National Park in February: highs in Johannesburg hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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