16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  15​h
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and Maboneng Precinct. Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Union Buildings in Pretoria--about 56 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market on Main, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg tour planning tool

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Johannesburg, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Cradle of Humankind, Union Buildings
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Step out of Plettenberg Bay with an excursion to Jandreart Studio in Knysna--about 30 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay route builder site

You can fly from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Bo-kaap. Visit Boulders Beach and Llandudno Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town day trip planning app

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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