16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa attractions planner

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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rawsonville
— 1 night
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Fly
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Durban
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Fly

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Johannesburg

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Attractions like Apartheid Museum and I was shot in Joburg make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, get engrossed in the history at Nelson Mandela Foundation, make a trip to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and browse the collection at Rosa Parks Library.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Family-friendly places like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Two Oceans Aquarium will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, explore and take pictures at Chapman's Peak Drive, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Rawsonville.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Rawsonville

— 1 night
Rawsonville is a small wine growing and farming community in the Breede River Valley of the Western Cape province of South Africa. On the 29th (Tue), do a tasting at Badsberg Winery, learn about winemaking at Du Toitskloof Wines, and then learn about winemaking at Merwida Wine Cellar.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rawsonville itinerary tool.

Drive from Cape Town to Rawsonville in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Rawsonville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Rawsonville

Wineries

Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
On the 30th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then Head underground at Cango Caves, and then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Drive from Rawsonville to Oudtshoorn in 4 hours. In December in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Durban.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Durban

— 2 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): cool off at uShaka Marine World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Scottburgh Beach, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then have some family-friendly fun at KartingKZN Galleria.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Durban trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Durban by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, Durban is a bit warmer than Oudtshoorn - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kruger National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 3rd (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Durban to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kruger National Park when traveling from Durban in January, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.