13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Polokwane
Drive:  8 h 15 min
1
Bloemfontein
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
2
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Sutherland
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h
7
Kimberley
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 15 min
End: Polokwane

1
night
Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein ©
Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Anglo Boer War Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Bloemfontein trip itinerary planning tool .

Polokwane to Bloemfontein is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Polokwane in March since evenings lows in Bloemfontein dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Anglo Boer War Museum ©
Anglo Boer War Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, and then examine the collection at The Reinet House.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet day trip planning tool .

Drive from Bloemfontein to Graaff-Reinet in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
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 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum and then look for gifts at Die Biltong Boetiek.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Swellendam road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Swellendam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In March in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Swellendam

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

2
nights
Stellenbosch

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum, do a tasting at Eikehof, then learn about winemaking at Arra Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate, and finally stop by Verbatim Bookstore.

To see more things to do, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Stellenbosch trip builder.

Drive from Swellendam to Stellenbosch in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Arra Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
First South African Perfume Museum ©
First South African Perfume Museum
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town vacation builder tool .

Take a bus from Stellenbosch to Cape Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
Sutherland

Sutherland ©
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look and learn at Southern Africa Large Telescope, relax in the rural setting at Blesfontein Farm, and then see the sky in a new way at Sutherland Planetarium.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sutherland trip planning app .

You can drive from Cape Town to Sutherland in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Sutherland

Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sutherland Planetarium ©
Sutherland Planetarium
Southern Africa Large Telescope ©
Southern Africa Large Telescope
Blesfontein Farm ©
Blesfontein Farm

1
night
Kimberley

Kimberley ©
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 19th (Thu): browse the exhibits of William Humphreys Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, and then examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kimberley sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sutherland to Kimberley in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
William Humphreys Art Gallery ©
William Humphreys Art Gallery

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