13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  29​h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Newark

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island and St Georges Mall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and take in the pleasant sights at Maclear's Beacon.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In December, Cape Town is much warmer than Newark - with highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

3
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.
Visit Bollard Bay and Brenton on Sea for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Jandreart Studio & Buffalo Bay). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay custom trip planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

1
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 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and then try your luck at Montecasino.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg online itinerary creator.

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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