11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa route maker

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Bethulie
— 1 night
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Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
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Wilderness
— 2 nights
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Swellendam
— 1 night
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Paarl
— 2 nights
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Beaufort West
— 1 night
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Kimberley
— 1 night
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Bethulie

— 1 night
Bethulie is a small sheep and cattle farming town in the Free State province of South Africa. To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Bethulie online trip maker.

Boksburg to Bethulie is an approximately 6-hour car ride. Traveling from Boksburg in December, expect nights in Bethulie to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. You will leave for Tsitsikamma National Park on the 25th (Fri).

Things to do in Bethulie

Historic Sites

Tsitsikamma National Park

— 2 nights
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 26th (Sat): snap pictures at Storms River bridge, trek along Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tsitsikamma National Park trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Bethulie to Tsitsikamma National Park in 7 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bethulie in December: highs in Tsitsikamma National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 27th (Sun), you'll travel to Wilderness.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Wilderness

— 2 nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Half Collared Kingfisher Trail, hike along Wilderness Segway Tours, then take some stellar pictures from Dolphin Point Lookout, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kaaimans Waterfall.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wilderness route maker tool.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Wilderness in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Wilderness are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Swellendam

— 1 night
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Rain Spa, then play a few rounds at Swellendam Golf Course, then explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally stop by Bee Things.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Swellendam day trip site.

Drive from Wilderness to Swellendam in 2.5 hours. December in Swellendam sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Paarl.

Things to do in Swellendam

Spas · Outdoors · Golf · Shopping

Paarl

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Winelands

The town of Paarl remains best known for its landscape, dominated by a gargantuan granite outcrop--it's also notable as the birthplace of the Afrikaans language.
To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paarl trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Swellendam to Paarl by car takes about 2.5 hours. December in Paarl sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Beaufort West.

Things to do in Paarl

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Beaufort West

— 1 night
Beaufort West is a town in the Western Cape province in South Africa. On the 1st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Dr Chris Barnard Museum, then see the interesting displays at Beaufort West Museum Complex, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

Start your trip to Beaufort West by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Paarl to Beaufort West takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Beaufort West

Museums · Historic Sites

Kimberley

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, then view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery, and then try your luck at Flamingo Casino.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kimberley trip planner.

Traveling by car from Beaufort West to Kimberley takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. January in Kimberley sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Shopping · Casinos · Fun & Games

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.