12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Jeffreys Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
5
Knysna
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
6
George
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
7
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg

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day
Johannesburg

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.
On the 26th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Mandela House and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip itinerary builder website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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night
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.
On the 27th (Fri), stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Elizabeth, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

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Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Jeffreys Bay is a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Dolphin Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Brewhaha Craft Brewery, and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jeffreys Bay road trip website .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Jeffreys Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach
Brewhaha Craft Brewery ©
Brewhaha Craft Brewery

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nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
On the 29th (Sun), stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, and then stroll through Radical Raptors. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Birds of Eden, stroll through Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay tour builder tool .

You can drive from Jeffreys Bay to Plettenberg Bay in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

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nights
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 31st (Tue): kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Simola Golf, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Gerickes Point.

Planning Knysna trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Knysna is just a short distance from Plettenberg Bay. In December, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a bus to George.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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George

George ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the George holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Knysna to George in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. January in George sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in George

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

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nights
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, then hike along St. Blaize Trail, and then stroll through Santos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, then learn about winemaking at Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar, and then tee off at Pinnacle Point Golf Club.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from George to Mossel Bay by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mossel Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
Highlights from your plan
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Shark Diving
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail

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nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 5th (Sun), get great views at Cape Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, then examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, then contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia, and finally explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape Town planner .

Getting from Mossel Bay to Cape Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

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