8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa itinerary planner

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Gariep Dam
— 1 night
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George
— 1 night
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Knysna
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
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Colesberg
— 1 night
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Gariep Dam

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gariep Dam Nature Reserve.

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Pretoria to Gariep Dam is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to George.

Things to do in Gariep Dam

Wildlife · Parks
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George

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, stop by The Fudgemaster, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the George trip maker.

You can drive from Gariep Dam to George in 6 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in George

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

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Knysna

— 2 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna tour itinerary app.

Getting from George to Knysna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Port Elizabeth

— 2 nights

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 1st (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth trip planner.

Getting from Knysna to Port Elizabeth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Colesberg.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Colesberg

— 1 night
Colesberg is a town with 17,354 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, located on the main N1 road from Cape Town to Johannesburg.In a sheep-farming area spread over half-a-million hectares, greater Colesberg breeds many of the country's top merinos. For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colesberg online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Colesberg in 5 hours. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colesberg

Museums
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.