15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Potchefstroom
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Kimberley
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Tankwa Karoo National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sutherland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Matjiesfontein
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Storms River
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Nieu-Bethesda
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Kenton-on-Sea
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Hogsback
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
Coffee Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
12
Margate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Pietermaritzburg
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
day
Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom ©
Potchefstroom is an academic city in the North West Province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at MooiRivier Mall.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Potchefstroom trip itinerary planning site .

Johannesburg to Potchefstroom is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In November, daily temperatures in Potchefstroom can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Potchefstroom

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
MooiRivier Mall ©
MooiRivier Mall

1
night
Kimberley

Kimberley ©
As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at McGregor Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield, and then see the interesting displays at Kimberley Mine Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kimberley attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Potchefstroom to Kimberley takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Tankwa Karoo National Park.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
Magersfontein Battlefield ©
Magersfontein Battlefield
McGregor Museum ©
McGregor Museum

1
day
Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park
Plan trip to Tankwa Karoo National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Kimberley to Tankwa Karoo National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Kimberley in December, things will get a bit cooler in Tankwa Karoo National Park: highs are around 36°C and lows about 13°C. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toSutherland.

Things to do in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Outdoors Adventure Tours

1
night
Sutherland

Sutherland ©
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. On the 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sutherland NG Kerk, then look and learn at Sutherland Planetarium, then relax in the rural setting at Blesfontein Farm, and finally look and learn at Southern Africa Large Telescope.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sutherland travel planner .

Traveling by car from Tankwa Karoo National Park to Sutherland takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Matjiesfontein.

Things to do in Sutherland

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Southern Africa Large Telescope ©
Southern Africa Large Telescope
Sutherland NG Kerk ©
Sutherland NG Kerk
Sutherland Planetarium ©
Sutherland Planetarium

1
night
Matjiesfontein

Matjiesfontein ©
On the 3rd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Marie Rawdon Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Matjiesfontein road trip website .

You can drive from Sutherland to Matjiesfontein in 1.5 hours. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Matjiesfontein

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Marie Rawdon Museum ©
Marie Rawdon Museum

2
nights
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
On the 4th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, trek along St. Blaize Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay holiday planner.

You can drive from Matjiesfontein to Mossel Bay in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mossel Bay can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Storms River.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wilderness National Park, Outeniqua Transport Museum, Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Shark Diving
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

1
night
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 6th (Fri), take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge and then stroll through The Dolphin Trail.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Storms River fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Storms River takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Storms River, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nieu-Bethesda.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Suspension Bridge
Highlights from your plan
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

1
night
Nieu-Bethesda

Nieu-Bethesda ©
Nieu-Bethesda is a village in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberge, approximately 50km from Graaff Reinet. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the world behind art at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, see the interesting displays at The Owl House, then see the interesting displays at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, and finally look for gifts at The Honesty Shop.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nieu-Bethesda trip builder site .

You can drive from Storms River to Nieu-Bethesda in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Kenton-on-Sea.

Things to do in Nieu-Bethesda

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©

1
night
Kenton-on-Sea

Kenton-on-Sea ©
Kenton-on-Sea, more commonly known as Kenton, is a small coastal town on the Sunshine Coast, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): trek along Beachcomber Horse Trails, then take in the exciting artwork at Mosaic Studio, and then kick back and relax at Kariega Beach.

Discover how to plan a Kenton-on-Sea trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Nieu-Bethesda to Kenton-on-Sea by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hogsback.

Things to do in Kenton-on-Sea

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Beachcomber Horse Trails ©
Beachcomber Horse Trails
Mosaic Studio ©
Mosaic Studio

1
night
Hogsback

Hogsback ©
Hogsback is a town in the Amathole Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.NameThere are two theories as how the village received its name. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to St Patricks on the Hill, then take in the dramatic scenery at 39 Steps, and then stroll through Hogsback Arboretum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hogsback visit planner.

Drive from Kenton-on-Sea to Hogsback in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Hogsback

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hogsback Arboretum ©
Hogsback Arboretum
St Patricks on the Hill ©
St Patricks on the Hill

1
night
Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Coffee Bay Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mdumbi Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Coffee Bay planning website .

Traveling by car from Hogsback to Coffee Bay takes 5.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Coffee Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Margate.

Things to do in Coffee Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mdumbi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach

2
nights
Margate

Margate ©
Margate is a seaside resort town on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, about 20 kilometres southwest of Port Shepstone. On the 11th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Lucien Beach and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Trafalgar Beach and then play a few rounds at Southbroom Golf Course.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Margate driving holiday planner .

Drive from Coffee Bay to Margate in 6 hours. Traveling from Coffee Bay in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Margate, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Pietermaritzburg.

Things to do in Margate

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Trafalgar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Southbroom Golf Course ©
Southbroom Golf Course
Trafalgar Beach ©
Trafalgar Beach

1
night
Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg ©
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 13th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at KwaZulu-Natal Museum, stroll through African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, and then see human ingenuity at work at Albert Falls Game Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pietermaritzburg trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Margate to Pietermaritzburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Margate in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Pietermaritzburg. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary ©
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary
KwaZulu-Natal Museum ©
KwaZulu-Natal Museum

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