16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Jeffreys Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
5
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
7
Mossel Bay
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
8
Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
Johannesburg

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Constitution Hill, Melrose Arch and Soweto Guided Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the top attractions with Soweto Guided Tours and then look for gifts at Melrose Arch.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg online tour itinerary planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

1
night
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Johannesburg in August: highs in Port Elizabeth hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. You will leave for Jeffreys Bay on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

1
night
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay
For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jeffreys Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay takes an hour. In August in Jeffreys Bay, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 30th (Fri), you're off toPlettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
night
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
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.
You've now added Robberg Nature Reserve to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay journey planner.

Drive from Jeffreys Bay to Plettenberg Bay in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Knysna driving holiday app .

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. In August, daytime highs in Knysna are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Cango Ostrich Show Farm, then Head underground at Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Ostrich Show Farm ©
Cango Ostrich Show Farm

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): trek along St. Blaize Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossel Bay sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail

1
night
Gansbaai

Gansbaai
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gansbaai online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mossel Bay to Gansbaai in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Mossel Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Gansbaai, with lows of 10°C. You will leave for Hermanus on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Gansbaai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

1
night
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 3rd (Tue), stroll through Grotto Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines and then go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path.

Before you visit Hermanus, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Gansbaai to Hermanus takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town online visit planner .

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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