16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 1 day
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 1 day
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Jeffreys Bay
— 2 nights
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— Few hours
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 3 nights
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Wilderness
— Few hours
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George
— 1 night
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Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
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Gansbaai
— Few hours
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Cape Town
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg
— 1 night

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©

City of Light

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 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and then don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Side Trip

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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
Nelson Mandela Square ©
Nelson Mandela Square

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Addo Elephant National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Addo Elephant National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Addo Elephant National Park to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks · Wildlife
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Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

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Port Elizabeth

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Port Elizabeth takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Safaris

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Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay
Thanks to the proximity of top tourist spots, Jeffreys Bay vacations allow you to surf, fish, tag sharks, watch wildlife, ride horses along the beach, and experience the world's highest bungee jump all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll through Dolphin Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brewhaha Craft Brewery, and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jeffreys Bay day trip site.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay by car takes about an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Brewhaha Craft Brewery ©
Brewhaha Craft Brewery

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Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree and then take in the views from Suspension Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tsitsikamma National Park tour planner.

Getting from Jeffreys Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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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.
Visit Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay for some beach relaxation. Kids will appreciate attractions like Knysna Elephant Park and Bollard Bay. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cola Beach, and look for gifts at Glass Roots Studio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Knysna trip planning app.

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. In December, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
On the 2nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wilderness route planner.

Drive from Knysna to Wilderness in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wilderness can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to George.

Things to do in Wilderness

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

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George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Groot Brakrivier Island and then contemplate the waterfront views at Victoria Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our George trip planner.

George is just a short distance from Wilderness. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in George

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Victoria Bay ©
Victoria Bay

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Mossel Bay

Bay of Attraction

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for gifts at Township Angels.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossel Bay road trip planning website.

Drive from George to Mossel Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Mossel Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Shark Diving
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach

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Gansbaai

Gansbaai
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Gansbaai trip planner.

Getting from Mossel Bay to Gansbaai by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Gansbaai, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 5th (Tue), you're off to Cape Town.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Cape Town

Cape Town ©

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 5th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and then admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Gansbaai to Cape Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Two Oceans Aquarium ©
Two Oceans Aquarium

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

Plan my day in Johannesburg using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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