13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Vereeniging
Drive:  5 h 45 min
1
Durban
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
2
East London
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Knysna
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Gariep Dam
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h 15 min
End: Vereeniging

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Main Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve, then meet the residents at uShaka Marine World, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Durban road trip site .

Vereeniging to Durban is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Vereeniging in December since evenings lows in Durban dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to East London.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

1
night
East London

East London ©
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. On the 20th (Thu), stroll through Nahoon River Picnic Park.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the East London tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Durban to East London. Traveling from Durban in December, expect East London to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in East London

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nahoon River Picnic Park ©
Nahoon River Picnic Park
Hemingways Mall ©
Hemingways Mall

7
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.
Kids will enjoy Robberg Nature Reserve and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Birds of Eden) and Cango Wildlife Ranch (in Oudtshoorn). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Mon) at Adventure Land - Water Slides and Play Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, tee off at Simola Golf, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and explore the galleries of Old Gaol and Art Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Knysna online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from East London to Knysna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the views from Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth day trip tool .

Drive from Knysna to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gariep Dam.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Storms River bridge ©
Storms River bridge

few
hours
Gariep Dam

Gariep Dam ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gariep Dam Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gariep Dam visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Port Elizabeth to Gariep Dam with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gariep Dam

Wildlife Parks
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Gariep Dam Nature Reserve ©
Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

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