18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cordoba
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Cordoba

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.
On the 20th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and then Head underground at The Cango Caves. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, then stroll through Wilderness Beach, and then explore the galleries of Cape Palette Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn sightseeing planner.

Cordoba, Argentina to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

George, Wilderness Beach
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bollard Bay and Plettenberg Beach. Get in touch with nature at Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden. Change things up with a short trip to Otter Trail in Tsitsikamma National Park (about 58 minutes away). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bollard Bay, Otter Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach and Table Mountain. We've included these beaches for you: Clifton Beaches and Camp's Bay Beach. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Cape of Good Hope in Table Mountain National Park, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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.
On the 1st (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, then identify plant and animal life at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and then do some rugged touring at local off-road trails.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Mandela House and then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Lion and Safari Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Wild Cave Adventures.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nelspruit to Johannesburg by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

Side Trips

Wild Cave Adventures, Lion and Safari Park
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Wild Cave Adventures ©
Wild Cave Adventures
Lion and Safari Park ©
Lion and Safari Park
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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