15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
2
Knysna
— 3 nights
3
Cape Town
— 5 nights
4
West Coast National Park
— 1 night
5
Augrabies Falls National Park
— 1 night
6
Kimberley
— 1 night

3
nights
Johannesburg

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Ukutula Conservation Center. Get outdoors at Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre and Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Pretoria (Pretoria Main Train Station & Union Buildings), Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary (in Hartbeespoort) and Lesedi Cultural Village (in Lanseria). It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Sterkfontein Cave.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pretoria, Brits, Sterkfontein Cave, Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, Lesedi Cultural Village
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Safaris
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre ©
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden Route National Park and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's more to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon and tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors.

Plan trip to Knysna with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Knysna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Knysna, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bloubergstrand Beach and Grotto Beach. Let the collections at Franschhoek Motor Museum and West Coast Fossil Park capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein) and Hermanus (Kwaaiwater & Voelklip Beach). There's much more to do: stroll through Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and look for gifts at Darling Olives.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to West Coast National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hermanus, Stony Point Penguin Colony, !Khwa ttu, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, West Coast Fossil Park
Highlights from your plan
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

1
night
West Coast National Park

West Coast National Park ©
Witness the spring blossoms and vivid birdlife in West Coast National Park, among the richest in Western Cape.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of West Coast National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the West Coast National Park itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to West Coast National Park takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in West Coast National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in West Coast National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park

1
night
Augrabies Falls National Park

Augrabies Falls National Park ©
On the 14th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Augrabies Falls National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Explore your travel options from West Coast National Park to Augrabies Falls National Park with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Augrabies Falls National Park ©
Augrabies Falls National Park

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 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kimberley Transport Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at The Big Hole, and then examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kimberley tour itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Augrabies Falls National Park to Kimberley in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Kimberley can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
Kimberley Transport Museum ©
Kimberley Transport Museum

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