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

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 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

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Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach and Llandudno Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island Museum. And it doesn't end there: hike along Platteklip Gorge, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

3
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.
Visiting Safaris and Elephant Whispers will get you outdoors. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's more to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nelspruit trip builder site .

You can fly from Cape Town to Nelspruit in 4.5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Safaris, Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), trek along Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Designs, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip tool .

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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Safaris

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