14 days in South Africa Itinerary

14 days in South Africa Itinerary

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14 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

few
hours
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahoon Beach.

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Durban to East London is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Durban in December, things will get a bit cooler in East London: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in East London

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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 19th (Thu), sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery and then stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Elizabeth vacation planner .

Getting from East London to Port Elizabeth by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists ©

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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, and take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Knysna trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Cape Town to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Colesberg.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

1
night
Colesberg

Colesberg
Colesberg is a town with 17,354 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, located on the main N1 road from Cape Town to Johannesburg.In a sheep-farming area spread over half-a-million hectares, greater Colesberg breeds many of the country's top merinos. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Colesberg-Kemper Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colesberg trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Knysna to Colesberg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Colesberg

Museums

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nights
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Union Buildings in Pretoria--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and admire all the interesting features of Constitution Hill.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Colesberg to Johannesburg. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Montecasino, Union Buildings, Randburg Raceway
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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