13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  18​h
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

3
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, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Cape Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Cape Town is 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect nights in Cape Town to be somewhat warmer, around 20°C, while days are much hotter, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

2
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.
On the 24th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, and then stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay day trip planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): look for gifts at Bella-Mia Pottery, then cruise along Swartberg Pass, then relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and finally Head underground at The Cango Caves.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn day trip planning website .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, watch a film at Riverside Mall, and then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Nelspruit takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill. On your second day here, try out the rides at Gold Reef City.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg tour itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Nelspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Theme Parks Casinos Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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