8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
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Johannesburg
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll get in some beach time at Bloubergstrand Beach and Clifton Beaches. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Boschendal Wine Estate and Shimansky Jewellers. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to The Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and head off the coast to Robben Island.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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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 get in some beach time at Noetzie and Buffalo Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Brenton on Sea and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Jandreart Studio & Bollard Bay). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon and browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie Beach
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

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