13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Durban
1
Durban
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Storms River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Grahamstown
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Durban

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Buddhist Retreat Centre and The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban. Step out of Durban to go to Pietermaritzburg and see KwaZulu-Natal Museum, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: laugh and play at uShaka Marine World, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Durban day trip site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Durban. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, The Buddhist Retreat Centre, KwaZulu-Natal Museum
Highlights from your plan
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
The Buddhist Retreat Centre ©
The Buddhist Retreat Centre

2
nights
Port Elizabeth

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 31st (Sat), explore the galleries of Ron Belling Art Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park and then examine the collection at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth trip maker .

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durban in August: high temperatures in Port Elizabeth hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Storms River.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Ron Belling Art Gallery ©
Ron Belling Art Gallery
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

2
nights
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
On the 2nd (Mon), snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, browse the exhibits of Bitou Art Gallery, and then hike along Waterfall Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, hike along Otter Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Storms River online tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Storms River in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Storms River

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Dutch Reformed Church
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Wed), see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, see the interesting displays at Urquhart House Museum, then examine the collection at The Owl House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St James the Great Anglican Church, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Storms River to Graaff-Reinet takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
Highlights from your plan
The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

2
nights
Grahamstown

Grahamstown ©
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. On the 6th (Fri), appreciate the history behind The Big Pineapple, pause for some photo ops at 1820 Settlers National Monument, see the sky in a new way at Observatory Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Michael and St George, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grahamstown road trip website .

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Grahamstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kowie River, The Big Pineapple
Highlights from your plan
Kowie River ©
Kowie River
St Patrick's Catholic Church ©
St Patrick's Catholic Church

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