18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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.
Relax by the water at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia. There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape Point, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town travel route builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In December, Cape Town is slightly colder than Singapore - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

2
nights
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 30th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves and then admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn journey site .

Drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Wilderness Beach and Brenton on Sea. Get outdoors at Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Elephant Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Knysna trip builder website .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Knysna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Robberg Nature Reserve, Wilderness Beach
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant 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 (Sun): stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth vacation planner.

Drive from Knysna to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In January in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, then contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Walter Sisulu Square. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Union Buildings and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Union Buildings
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

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