15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa sightseeing planner

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Kroonstad
— 1 day
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Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Hermanus
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Upington
— 2 nights
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Kroonstad

— 1 day
Kroonstad is the third-largest city of the Free State province of South Africa and lies two hours drive from Gauteng.Kroonstad was established in 1855 by the Irish pioneer Joseph Orpen, and was the first city founded after the independence of the Orange Free State. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Boskoppie Lion Farm & Private Game Reserve.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kroonstad trip planning tool.

Johannesburg to Kroonstad is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Kroonstad

Parks · Wildlife

Graaff-Reinet

— 1 night
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.
To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet day trip app.

Traveling by car from Kroonstad to Graaff-Reinet takes 6.5 hours. You will leave for Plettenberg Bay on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Plettenberg Bay

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, stroll through Birds of Eden, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Hermanus

— 3 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Betty's Bay (Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens & Stony Point Penguin Colony). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, stroll through Grotto Beach, look for gifts at Funky Vibes, and explore the striking landscape at Cape Whale Coast.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus route planning tool.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Hermanus are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Cape Town

— 6 nights

Mother City

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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

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Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Upington.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Upington

— 2 nights
Upington is a town founded in 1884 and located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Upington trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Town to Upington. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Upington: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Upington

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Western Cape travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Mountains
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.

Northern Cape travel guide

4.1
National Parks · History Museums · Nature & Parks
Highlights from a Northern Cape itinerary include rock climbing among the mountains and learning about the region's diamond-mining history. See a former excavation site--now filled with water--that claims to be the world's largest hole excavated by hand. Although partially covered in desert, the region blooms in spring, when the spectacle of vast fields of flowers generates an influx of tourism to the Northern Cape, the largest and most sparsely populated region of South Africa.