13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
East London
— Few hours
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Durban
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
8
Hazyview
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

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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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nahoon Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read East London day trip planning tool .

Johannesburg to East London is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in East London

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bloubergstrand Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Baraka Gifts and Decor. There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, steep yourself in history at Robben Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from East London to Cape Town. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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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 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Grotto Beach and then stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at The Book Collector.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus planning site .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for gifts at Bella-Mia Pottery, then Head underground at The Cango Caves, then experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and finally experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hermanus in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Shopping
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Noetzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Knysna tour planner .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Noetzie Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

2
nights
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 27th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth trip planner .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of West Street Mosque, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Durban tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Port Elizabeth in December, with highs in Durban at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
Highlights from your plan
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Shark Diving
West Street Mosque ©
West Street Mosque

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night
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
On the 30th (Sun), stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Durban to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Durban in December, expect Hazyview to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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