16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
6
Kruger National Park
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 30 min
7
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Dubai

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Franschhoek Motor Museum and Vergelegen Estate. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bloubergstrand Beach and Strand Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cape Town to Suider Paarl to see Fairview Wine and Cheese about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Watershed, contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and hike along Helderberg Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town online travel route planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cape Town is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dubai in December since evenings lows in Cape Town dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Fairview Wine and Cheese, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Helderberg Nature Reserve ©
Helderberg Nature Reserve
Strand Beach ©
Strand Beach

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Beach and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate and Sumaridge Wine Estate. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hermanus trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Shark Diving
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cape Agulhas trip planner .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas in 2 hours. December in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and then explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay day trip planning app .

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Plettenberg Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Mandela House and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, then see the interesting displays at SAB World of Beer, then get engrossed in the history at Hector Pieterson Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Walter Sisulu Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg road trip planning site .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in December, you will find days in Johannesburg are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Mandela House ©
Mandela House
Hector Pieterson Museum ©
Hector Pieterson Museum

1
night
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Idube Game Reserve.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

2
nights
St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Heritage Tours & Safaris and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the St Lucia trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to St Lucia takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris

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