10 days in Durban & Eastern Cape Itinerary

10 days in Durban & Eastern Cape Itinerary

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10 days in Durban & Eastern Cape Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly:  2​h
1
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grahamstown
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Somerset East
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Storms River
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Port Elizabeth

2
nights
Durban

Durban ©
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.
On the 26th (Mon), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, then view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Durban trip planner .

Port Elizabeth to Durban is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Port Elizabeth in August, with highs in Durban at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Makiwa Gallery
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uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

2
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
Ron Belling Art Gallery and Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Port Elizabeth with a short trip to Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo in Addo Elephant National Park, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve and try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

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

Traveling by flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in August, expect Port Elizabeth to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
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Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Ron Belling Art Gallery ©
Ron Belling Art Gallery
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve

1
night
Grahamstown

Grahamstown
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. On the 31st (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Observatory Museum, appreciate the history behind Elizabeth Salt Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Michael and St George, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Methodist Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Provost Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grahamstown road trip planning website .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Somerset East.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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St Patrick's Catholic Church ©
St Patrick's Catholic Church
Observatory Museum ©
Observatory Museum

1
night
Somerset East

Somerset East
Somerset East is a town in the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Dutch Reformed Church and then explore the world behind art at Walter Battiss Art Museum.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Somerset East travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Grahamstown to Somerset East in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Somerset East

Museums

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 2nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, see the interesting displays at Urquhart House Museum, then examine the collection at The Owl House, and finally make a trip to Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, stroll through Valley of Desolation, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James the Great Anglican Church.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet itinerary planner.

You can drive from Somerset East to Graaff-Reinet in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Storms River.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

1
night
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, trek along Otter Trail, then make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and finally view the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Storms River trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Storms River takes 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Storms River can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Storms River

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
Highlights from your plan
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

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