15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, and then don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, try to win big at Montecasino, and then wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg holiday maker website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Johannesburg is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Johannesburg at 33°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Casinos

Side Trip

Sandton
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

3
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.
Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 25th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail and stroll through Bushmans Trail.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

4
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, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Cape Point, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Plan trip to Cape Town with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in December, you will find days in Cape Town are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
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 31st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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 2nd (Thu): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Head underground at Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

2
nights
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Durban trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Durban in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Oudtshoorn in January; daily highs in Durban reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

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