19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  17​h
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Durban
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
6
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Visiting Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Clifton Beaches and Llandudno Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Platteklip Gorge, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cape Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 5 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Cape Town, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Marloth Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Bee Things, view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to NG Kerk Swellendam.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Swellendam trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Cape Town to Swellendam in 2.5 hours. In December in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Marloth Nature Reserve ©
Marloth Nature Reserve
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

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 31st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn road trip site .

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn takes 3 hours. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wineries
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

1
night
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 1st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Durban travel route website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Plettenberg Bay to Durban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Plettenberg Bay in January, with highs in Durban at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

3
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Step out of the city life by going to Kruger National Park and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Durban to Kruger National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Durban in January since evenings lows in Kruger National Park dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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.
Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Mandela House and Union Buildings are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, learn about winemaking at Gerakaris Family Wines, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Tours

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Emperors Palace
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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