18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
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Durban
— 1 night
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 2 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 3 nights

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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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, head outdoors with Greenstone Mall, try to win big at Montecasino, and brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Johannesburg tour itinerary maker app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Johannesburg. December in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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HintHunt ©
HintHunt
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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Durban

Surf City

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Durban trip app.

Getting from Johannesburg to Durban by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Durban dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Shark Diving
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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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 21st (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, see Tsitsikamma Adventure Land, and then snap pictures at Suspension Bridge. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with Face Adrenalin, take a tour by water with Untouched Adventures, and then don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tsitsikamma National Park trip itinerary tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Tsitsikamma National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in December, with highs in Tsitsikamma National Park at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours ©
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
Untouched Adventures ©
Untouched Adventures
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): race across the water with Knysna RIB Adventures, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mitchell's Brewery, and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and finally stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Knysna sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Knysna RIB Adventures ©
Knysna RIB Adventures
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

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Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
On the 25th (Fri), experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch.

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

Traveling by car from Knysna to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and stroll through Clifton Beaches.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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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.
Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 2nd (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's more to do: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Kruger National Park are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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