15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

1
night
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 5th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at Epic Karting Galleria and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World and then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Durban travel route planner .

Johannesburg to Durban is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Durban, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Epic Karting Galleria
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery and then stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Durban in February, with highs in Port Elizabeth at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

3
nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). There's more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and make a splash at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay itinerary planning app .

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

1
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.
On the 12th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary app .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

5
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: get great views at Cape Point, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town travel route planning website .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. February in Cape Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to East London.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for gifts at Floradale Nurseries, then take in the exciting artwork at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light, and then kick back and relax at Nahoon Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our East London itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Town to East London. In February in East London, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Colesberg.

Things to do in East London

Shopping Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Floradale Nurseries ©
Floradale Nurseries

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. On the 19th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Colesberg-Kemper Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colesberg road trip planning tool .

You can drive from East London to Colesberg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colesberg

Museums

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