16 days in South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

16 days in South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa & Mozambique Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Wilderness, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Durban, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of South Western Townships, and then contemplate the long history of Credo Mutwa Cultural Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Credo Mutwa Cultural Village ©
Credo Mutwa Cultural Village
South Western Townships ©
South Western Townships

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

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.
Kids will enjoy Bollard Bay and Robberg Nature Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Plettenberg Beach and Knysna Heads. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Radical Raptors, contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave, trek along Garden of Eden, and get a dose of the wild on Knysna Elephant Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and De Zeekoe Farm. Visiting The Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Meerkat Magic, experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and learn about winemaking at Karusa Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip builder.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

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Wilderness, South Africa

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dutch Reformed Mother Church and Outeniqua Transport Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Wilderness Beach and Redberry Farm. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Wilderness itinerary builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Wilderness, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

George
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

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Durban, South Africa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): cool off at uShaka Marine World and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Thompson's Bay Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Flag Animal Farm, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Durban trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Wilderness to Durban by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilderness in January, expect Durban to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Thompson's Bay Beach, Flag Animal Farm
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Thompson's Bay Beach ©
Thompson's Bay Beach
Flag Animal Farm ©
Flag Animal Farm
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

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Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo ©
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stroll through Praia do Tofo.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Tofo trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Durban to Tofo in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Barra Beach
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Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Barra Beach ©
Barra Beach

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