15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Rustenburg
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bredasdorp
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cradock
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
8
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
Rustenburg

Situated at the base of the Magaliesberg Mountains, the town of Rustenburg boasts a rich history and heritage as the site of a platinum mining rush, the location of several Boer War battles, and the hometown of Paul Kruger, a famous South African politician.
On the 3rd (Fri), tee off at Rustenburg Golf Course, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then get engrossed in the history at Paul Kruger Country House Museum, and finally have fun at Sun City Resort.

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

Bengaluru, India to Rustenburg is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bengaluru in January: high temperatures in Rustenburg hover around 37°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Rustenburg

Outdoors Golf Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Sun City Resort ©
Sun City Resort
Paul Kruger Country House Museum ©

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do your shopping at The Old Biscuit Mill and Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Visit Bloubergstrand Beach and Fish Hoek Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass & Franschhoek Motor Museum). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire all the interesting features of Chapman's Peak Drive, take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, and examine the collection at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town road trip planning tool .

Getting from Rustenburg to Cape Town by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rustenburg in January, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Helderberg Nature Reserve ©
Helderberg Nature Reserve

2
nights
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 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony, then look for gifts at Rossouw Modern, then stroll through Voelklip Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Hermanus sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Caves, then hike along De Hoop Nature Reserve, then take in the exciting artwork at Oh My ArtsCrafts, and finally steep yourself in history at Elim Moravian Mission.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bredasdorp road trip tool .

You can drive from Hermanus to Bredasdorp in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Waenhuiskrans Caves, Elim Moravian Mission, Oh My ArtsCrafts
Highlights from your plan
De Hoop Nature Reserve ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves
Elim Moravian Mission ©
Elim Moravian Mission

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.
On the 10th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brenton on Sea. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Knysna visit website .

You can drive from Bredasdorp to Knysna in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

1
night
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Trollip Art Gallery & Studio, stroll through Valley of Desolation, then examine the collection at The Reinet House, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Residency.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet road trip site .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cradock.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Trollip Art Gallery & Studio
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

1
night
Cradock

Cradock ©
Cradock is a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, in the upper valley of the Great Fish River, 250km by road northeast of Port Elizabeth. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Church, then explore the striking landscape of Mountain Zebra National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cat Conservation Trust.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cradock trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Cradock takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
Cat Conservation Trust ©
Cat Conservation Trust

2
nights
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 14th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, browse the different shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, and then kick back and relax at Golden Mile.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Durban road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cradock to Durban. In January, daytime highs in Durban are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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