12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Durban
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Cape Town
— 3 nights
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at Grotto Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Stony Point Penguin Colony. Keep things going the next day: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus tour planner.

Cape Town to Hermanus is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving

2
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and then look for gifts at Bella-Mia Pottery. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Cango Wildlife Ranch and then explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive
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Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, and then see where the action happens at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Durban trip planning site.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Durban by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oudtshoorn in May: high temperatures in Durban hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Durban

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium

2
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Kruger National Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Elephant Sanctuary.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Durban to Nelspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in May: high temperatures in Nelspruit hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shautany Chocolatiers, The Elephant Sanctuary
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cape Point. Attractions like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Boulders Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Cape Town to Table Mountain National Park to see Cape of Good Hope about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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