18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Clarens
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Clarens
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
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Pietermaritzburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
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Coffee Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
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Hogsback
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
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Nieu-Bethesda
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
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Storms River
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Matjiesfontein
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
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Tankwa Karoo National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
12
Kimberley
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Potchefstroom
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
End: Johannesburg

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Clarens

Clarens ©
Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then explore the striking landscape of Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Clarens trip planning website .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Clarens. In November in Clarens, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.

Things to do in Clarens

Nature Parks Spas
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Golden Gate Highlands National Park ©

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uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park vacation app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Clarens to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. You'll set off for Pietermaritzburg on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Parks Wildlife Tours

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Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg ©
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Midlands Meander as well as Howick Falls. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Tatham Art Gallery and then see the interesting displays at Comrades Marathon House. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Howick Falls, trot along with Midlands Meander, and then take an in-depth tour of KwaZulu-Natal Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pietermaritzburg vacation maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park to Pietermaritzburg. In November in Pietermaritzburg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Museums Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Howick Falls, Midlands Meander
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Tatham Art Gallery ©
Tatham Art Gallery
KwaZulu-Natal Museum ©
KwaZulu-Natal Museum
Howick Falls ©
Howick Falls

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Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): stroll through Mdumbi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coffee Bay Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Hole in the Wall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Coffee Bay trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Pietermaritzburg to Coffee Bay takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hogsback.

Things to do in Coffee Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mdumbi Beach
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Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach
Hole in the Wall ©
Hole in the Wall

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Hogsback

Hogsback ©
Hogsback is a town in the Amathole Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.NameThere are two theories as how the village received its name. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mountain Zebra National Park. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stop by The Chocolate Shoppe and then admire the natural beauty at The Camelot Fairy Meander.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hogsback trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Coffee Bay to Hogsback takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Nieu-Bethesda.

Things to do in Hogsback

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Mountain Zebra National Park
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Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
The Camelot Fairy Meander ©
The Camelot Fairy Meander
The Chocolate Shoppe ©
The Chocolate Shoppe

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Nieu-Bethesda

Nieu-Bethesda ©
Nieu-Bethesda is a village in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberge, approximately 50km from Graaff Reinet. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Owl House, Die Ramstal and Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre. On the 2nd (Mon), examine the collection at The Owl House, then learn more about the world around you at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, and then raise your glass at Die Ramstal.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nieu-Bethesda trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Hogsback to Nieu-Bethesda in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Nieu-Bethesda

Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©
The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Die Ramstal ©
Die Ramstal

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo and then stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park day trip site .

You can drive from Nieu-Bethesda to Addo Elephant National Park in 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Addo Elephant National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Storms River.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plettenberg Beach as well as Seal Point Lighthouse. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waterfall Trail and The Dolphin Trail. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Forest Guided Tours. Take a break from Storms River with a short trip to Natures Valley Beach in Nature's Valley, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, and take in the exciting artwork at Bitou Art Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Storms River trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Storms River in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Plettenberg Beach, Seal Point Lighthouse, Storms River bridge, Forest Guided Tours
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): learn about winemaking at ReedValley, then examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, then take an in-depth tour of Janine Iron and Washing Museum, and finally do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay route planning website .

Drive from Storms River to Mossel Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Mossel Bay sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), you'll travel to Matjiesfontein.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
Highlights from your plan
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
ReedValley ©
ReedValley

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Matjiesfontein

Matjiesfontein
To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Matjiesfontein holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Matjiesfontein takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tankwa Karoo National Park.

Things to do in Matjiesfontein

Museums

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Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park
To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tankwa Karoo National Park travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Matjiesfontein to Tankwa Karoo National Park takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tankwa Karoo National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will leave for Kimberley on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tours Adventure Outdoors

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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.
On the 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre and then take in the history at Magersfontein Battlefield. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mokala National Park, take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, and then view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kimberley vacation website .

Getting from Tankwa Karoo National Park to Kimberley by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Tankwa Karoo National Park in December, expect Kimberley to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Potchefstroom.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mokala National Park ©
Mokala National Park
Magersfontein Battlefield ©
Magersfontein Battlefield
Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre ©
Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre

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Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom ©
Potchefstroom is an academic city in the North West Province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): trek along Shelter Rock and then explore and take pictures at Vredefort Dome.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Potchefstroom travel route builder website .

Getting from Kimberley to Potchefstroom by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kimberley in December, you will find days in Potchefstroom are slightly colder (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Potchefstroom

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Vredefort Dome, Shelter Rock
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Shelter Rock ©
Shelter Rock

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