12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Bloemfontein
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kimberley
— 4 nights
Drive
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Upington
— 1 day
Drive
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Augrabies Falls National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Riemvasmaak
— 1 night
Drive to Pierre Van Ryneveld Airport, Fly to Johannesburg

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Bloemfontein

— 4 nights

City of Roses

Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J. R. R. Tolkien, Bloemfontein blends a variety of African and European cultures, creating an environment suited for both business and leisure.
Bring the kids along to Naval Hill and Bagamoya Wildlife Estate. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Free State National Botanical Garden, get engrossed in the history at Anglo Boer War Museum, and examine the collection at The National Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bloemfontein day trip planning tool.

Johannesburg to Bloemfontein is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bloemfontein: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Kimberley

— 4 nights

City that Sparkles

As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, browse the exhibits of William Humphreys Art Gallery, take in the history at Magersfontein Battlefield, and see the interesting displays at Kimberley Mine Museum.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kimberley trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bloemfontein to Kimberley takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Upington.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Upington

— 1 day
Upington is a town founded in 1884 and located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum and then take an exotic tour of Kalahari Safaris Day Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Upington tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kimberley to Upington in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Upington can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Upington

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 1 night
On the 27th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Augrabies Falls National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Upington to Augrabies Falls National Park in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Riemvasmaak.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Riemvasmaak

— 1 night
To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Riemvasmaak road trip site.

You can drive from Augrabies Falls National Park to Riemvasmaak in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Riemvasmaak can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Riemvasmaak

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.