18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): hunt for treasures at Neighbourgoods Market, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, and then look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg travel itinerary planner.

Mumbai (Bombay), India to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) to Johannesburg is minus 3 hours. In December, Johannesburg is a bit cooler than Mumbai (Bombay) - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sandton City Shopping Centre
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Neighbourgoods Market ©
Neighbourgoods Market

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at South African National Parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers, stop by Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, look for gifts at Africa Joy, then see the interesting displays at Barberton Museum, and finally stroll through Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Nelspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

White River, Barberton, Wonder View
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Wonder View ©
Wonder View
Barberton Museum ©
Barberton Museum
Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre ©
Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre

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.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and then stroll through Radical Raptors. On your second day here, stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plettenberg Beach.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Nelspruit to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

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 (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Meerkat Magic and then admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café, learn about winemaking at Boplaas, then do a tasting at De Krans Wines, then take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum, and finally stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn travel planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Meiringspoort Waterfall
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 1st (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, do a tasting at Marbrin Olive Growers, then relax in the rural setting at Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm, and finally experience rural life at De Wetshof Estate.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Swellendam itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Swellendam are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Robertson, Platform 62
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
De Wetshof Estate ©
De Wetshof Estate

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visiting Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Take a break from Hermanus with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Gansbaai, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market, play a few rounds at Hermanus Golf Club, take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus itinerary builder.

You can drive from Swellendam to Hermanus in 2 hours. Traveling from Swellendam in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hermanus, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Hermanus Country Market ©
Hermanus Country Market
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

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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 in touch with nature at Clifton Beaches and Boulders Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Biscuit Mill and Fish Hoek Beach. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, head off the coast to Robben Island, and take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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