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
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Nieu-Bethesda
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
10
Hogsback
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
Coffee Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
12
Margate
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Pietermaritzburg
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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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.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Potchefstroom sightseeing planner .

Johannesburg to Potchefstroom is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In November in Potchefstroom, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 30th (Sat), see the interesting displays at McGregor Museum, then take in the history at Magersfontein Battlefield, and then examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimberley holiday planner .

You can drive from Potchefstroom to Kimberley in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. November in Kimberley sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up 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
Magersfontein Battlefield ©
Magersfontein Battlefield
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
McGregor Museum ©
McGregor Museum

1
day
Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park
To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tankwa Karoo National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kimberley to Tankwa Karoo National Park with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kimberley in December; daily highs in Tankwa Karoo National Park reach 36°C and lows reach 13°C. You will leave for Sutherland on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Adventure Outdoors Tours

1
night
Sutherland

Sutherland ©
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look and learn at Southern Africa Large Telescope, relax in the rural setting at Blesfontein Farm, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sutherland NG Kerk, and finally see the sky in a new way at Sutherland Planetarium.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sutherland road trip tool .

Drive from Tankwa Karoo National Park to Sutherland in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Matjiesfontein.

Things to do in Sutherland

Childrens Museums 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

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night
Matjiesfontein

Matjiesfontein ©
On the 3rd (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Marie Rawdon Museum.

Plan my trip to Matjiesfontein with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Sutherland to Matjiesfontein takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Blaize Trail and then kick back and relax at Santos Beach. On your second day here, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Mossel Bay trip planner .

Getting from Matjiesfontein to Mossel Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mossel Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Storms River.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Outeniqua Transport Museum
Highlights from your plan
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Shark Diving

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): trek along Waterfall Trail and then hike along Otter Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, trek along The Dolphin Trail, and then snap pictures at Storms River bridge.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Storms River road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Storms River takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Storms River can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Dutch Reformed Church, Storms River bridge
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

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night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.

Planning Addo Elephant National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Storms River to Addo Elephant National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Addo Elephant National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Nieu-Bethesda.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©

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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 9th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, then see the interesting displays at The Owl House, then get a new perspective on nature at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, and finally look for gifts at The Honesty Shop.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nieu-Bethesda travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Nieu-Bethesda in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hogsback.

Things to do in Nieu-Bethesda

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

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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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stop by The Chocolate Shoppe, stroll through Hogsback Arboretum, then admire the sheer force of 39 Steps, and finally make a trip to St Patricks on the Hill.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hogsback trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Nieu-Bethesda to Hogsback in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Hogsback

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hogsback Arboretum ©
Hogsback Arboretum
St Patricks on the Hill ©
St Patricks on the Hill
The Chocolate Shoppe ©
The Chocolate Shoppe

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night
Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll through Mdumbi Beach and then make a trip to Hole in the Wall.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Coffee Bay driving holiday site .

Getting from Hogsback to Coffee Bay by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) 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
Hole in the Wall ©
Hole in the Wall

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night
Margate

Margate ©
Margate is a seaside resort town on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, about 20 kilometres southwest of Port Shepstone. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Trafalgar Beach and then tee off at Southbroom Golf Course.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Margate online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Coffee Bay to Margate takes 6 hours. Traveling from Coffee Bay in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Margate, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pietermaritzburg.

Things to do in Margate

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trip

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

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night
Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg ©
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at KwaZulu-Natal Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Albert Falls Game Reserve.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pietermaritzburg trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Margate to Pietermaritzburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Margate in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Pietermaritzburg, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time 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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