15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
1
St Lucia
— Few hours
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Knysna
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
8
George
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
9
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the St Lucia road trip planning app .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to St Lucia is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to St Lucia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in St Lucia, with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris

1
day
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), trek along Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Kruger National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Kruger National Park when traveling from St Lucia in January, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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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 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nelspruit trip planning tool .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Nature Parks
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

1
night
Port Elizabeth

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Port Elizabeth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris

1
night
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, stroll through Valley of Desolation, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, then examine the collection at Urquhart House Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Reinet House.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary maker website .

Take a bus from Port Elizabeth to Graaff-Reinet in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk

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 7th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn day trip planner .

Getting from Graaff-Reinet to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

2
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
On the 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Noetzie, and then kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Knysna itinerary planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Knysna sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to George.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Noetzie Beach, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

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night
George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
On the 10th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm, kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach, and then explore the activities along Kaaiman's River.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the George road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Knysna to George in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in George

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Kaaiman's River ©
Kaaiman's River
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 11th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from George to Hermanus takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Hermanus sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Clifton Beaches and Twelve Apostles. Step out of the city life by going to Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and admire all the interesting features of Chapman's Peak Drive.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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