16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Arniston
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Storms River
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Saint Francis Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Bristol

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island Museum and MM Galleries. Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Maclear's Beacon. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary maker .

Bristol, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bristol to Cape Town. In September in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arniston.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

1
night
Arniston

Arniston ©
Arniston is a small seaside settlement in the Overberg region on the Cape South coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Kassiesbaai, and then Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Caves.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arniston tour builder website .

Drive from Cape Town to Arniston in 3 hours. In September in Arniston, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Arniston

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve ©
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve
Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves
Kassiesbaai ©
Kassiesbaai

1
night
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 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

Planning Mossel Bay trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Arniston to Mossel Bay takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mossel Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Storms River.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

1
day
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 27th (Fri): trek along Waterfall Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Storms River route builder app .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Storms River takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint Francis Bay.

Things to do in Storms River

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Waterfall Trail
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail

1
night
Saint Francis Bay

Saint Francis Bay
For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Saint Francis Bay trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Storms River to Saint Francis Bay takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will leave for Port Elizabeth on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Saint Francis Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St Marks Congregational Church and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, and then take in the views from Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge).

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth day trip site .

Getting from Saint Francis Bay to Port Elizabeth by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
St Marks Congregational Church ©
St Marks Congregational Church

2
nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for gifts at Jah Drums and then stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Dutch Reformed Church.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park in 1.5 hours. September in Addo Elephant National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Dutch Reformed Church, Jah Drums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): Head underground at Cango Caves, then steep yourself in history at Arbeidsgenot, and then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Oudtshoorn in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. September in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to NG Kerk Swellendam, get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Bee Things.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Swellendam road trip planning app .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam in 3 hours. October in Swellendam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Swellendam

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
NG Kerk Swellendam ©
NG Kerk Swellendam

2
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Eikehof, examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then do a tasting at Boschendal Wine Estate.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Stellenbosch takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Highlights from your plan
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

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