17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Singapore

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Birds of Eden and Brenton on Sea. Bring the kids along to Robberg Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Jandreart Studio, Holy Trinity Church, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Plettenberg Beach.

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

Singapore, Singapore to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from Singapore to Plettenberg Bay, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Plettenberg Bay to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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.
Head to Greenmarket Square and Old Biscuit Millfor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach and Camp's Bay Beach. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, head off the coast to Robben Island, and stop by Prins & Prins.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Elephant Whispers. For shopping fun, head to Riverside Mall or Ilanga Mall. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal and see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit sightseeing app .

Getting from Cape Town to Nelspruit by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Dinosaur Park ©
Sudwala Dinosaur Park

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.
Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill and Oriental Plaza. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, enjoy breathtaking views from Carlton Centre, hunt for treasures at Market on Main, and wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Nelspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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