19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Bloemfontein
Fly:  2​h
1
Durban
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Shelly Beach
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Bloemfontein

2
nights
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.
Head to La Lucia Mall and Africa Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at Makiwa Gallery and Phansi Museum capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, look for gifts at Awesome Africa, and browse the different shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durban trip maker app .

Bloemfontein to Durban is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bloemfontein in December, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Durban: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Shelly Beach.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga Beach, La Lucia Mall
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Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
La Lucia Mall ©
La Lucia Mall

1
night
Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Trafalgar Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach, and then stop by Surf Action.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shelly Beach journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Durban to Shelly Beach takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in Shelly Beach reach 29°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Shelly Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Margate, Trafalgar Beach
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Trafalgar Beach ©
Trafalgar Beach
Surf Action ©
Surf Action

5
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.
Let the collections at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History capture your imagination. Shop till you drop at Kim Sacks Gallery and Soweto Inspirational Home Museum. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the exciting artwork at Standard Bank Gallery, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and browse the different shops at Walter Sisulu Square.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shelly Beach to Johannesburg. While traveling from Shelly Beach, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Randburg Raceway Indoor Karting
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. Get some cultural insight at Robben Island Museum and African Hands Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery in Franschhoek (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and stroll through Signal Hill.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip app .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bitou Art Gallery and Jandreart Studio. Take a break from the city and head to Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Elephant Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Oudtshoorn (Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Cango Caves, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, trek along Waterfall Trail, and stroll through Otter Trail.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Oudtshoorn, Robberg Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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