12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Durban
— 1 day
Drive
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Southbroom
— 1 night
Drive
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Pietermaritzburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Winterton
— 1 night
Drive
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Richards Bay
— 1 night
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly

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Durban

— 1 day

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.
On the 11th (Sat), have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, and then admire the architecture and history at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Durban day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Durban. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Southbroom.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Southbroom

— 1 night
On the 12th (Sun), kick back and relax at Lucien Beach, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then stroll through Ramsgate Blue Flag Main Beach.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Southbroom road trip site.

Drive from Durban to Southbroom in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durban in September: high temperatures in Southbroom hover around 25°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pietermaritzburg.

Things to do in Southbroom

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Pietermaritzburg

— 1 night
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monks Cowl and then admire the verdant scenery at Cumberland Nature Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pietermaritzburg trip planner.

You can drive from Southbroom to Pietermaritzburg in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Southbroom in September, expect nights in Pietermaritzburg to be a bit cooler, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Winterton.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Winterton

— 1 night
Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at Hand Woven Rugs, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tranquility Spa & Health.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Winterton trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Pietermaritzburg to Winterton takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Richards Bay.

Things to do in Winterton

Tours · Spas · Adventure · Shopping

Richards Bay

— 1 night
Richards Bay is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 15th (Wed), take in the waterfront activity at Richards Small Craft Harbour, stop by Bohemain Beach Bumz, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Outdoor Africa.

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You can drive from Winterton to Richards Bay in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Richards Bay

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Johannesburg

— 3 nights

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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, walk around The Wilds, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, and buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip planner.

Getting from Richards Bay to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Town

— 4 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in September: highs in Cape Town hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.

Margate travel guide

4.1
Shark Diving · Nature & Parks · Golf Courses
Margate is a seaside resort town on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, about 20 kilometres southwest of Port Shepstone. The river which flows into the sea at Margate is called "Nkhongweni" (place of entreaty) because the original inhabitants were reputed to be so mean that travellers had to beg for hospitality. In 1908, Henry Richardson, an English surveyor laid out the town and named it Margate after another seaside resort on the northern coast of the county of Kent, in the United Kingdom.It features Blue Flag Beaches for swimming, snorkelling, and surfing. Many apartment buildings offer accommodation for residents and visitors. It also contains a shopping street and many restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs, Margate is a spot where many South Africans and foreign visitors spend their vacation.Margate is busiest during school and public holidays when inland residents travel to the coast. Christmas and Easter are especially busy times, with Margate's main street often clogged with heavy traffic during these times.Margate hit the world headlines in 1922 (although this date is often disputed and stated as 1924) when an enormous, white, furry creature (dubbed "Trunko" due to it having an elephantine trunk) was washed up on the beach. Unfortunately the "Margate monster" was too decomposed to be identified accurately.

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Drakensberg Region travel guide

3.8
Zipline · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Universities & Schools
A vacation in the Drakensberg Region puts you in a World Heritage-listed mountainous wilderness, where painted rock art remains as the legacy of the San people, or Bushmen. The region's name comes from Dutch and means "mountains of dragons," because the tips of the mountains form the scales of legendary European monsters believed to reside there. Things to do in Drakensberg include hiking various trails through the cliffs, camping in ancient caves, and outdoor activities such as rappelling, rock climbing, and ice climbing in winter--just be sure you register with the mountain rescue service.