16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Fly
2
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Greyton
— 1 night
Drive
4
McGregor
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rawsonville
— 1 night
Drive
6
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Drive
7
Franschhoek
— 1 night
Fly
8
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Bus
9
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
10
Johannesburg
— 1 night

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Plettenberg Bay

— 1 night
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 20th (Sun): stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, then stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and finally stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip maker site.

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will enjoy Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Lembu Gallery & Studio in Hermanus, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, and kick back and relax at Foxy Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Greyton.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Greyton

— 1 night
Greyton is a small town in the Overberg area in the Western Cape, South Africa.Early historyBefore Greyton was established in 1854, the verdant plains and forested ravines of the area were home to the Hassequas khoikhoi tribe who had their kraals near the Gobos river, which they named after their ancestral chief. On the 26th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Greyton Saturday Market, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Greyton Genadendal Mountain Bike Route, and then stroll through Greyton Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Greyton online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Cape Town to Greyton in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to McGregor.

Things to do in Greyton

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
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McGregor

— 1 night
McGregor is a small village in the mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll through Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tanagra Winery & Distillery, then take in the exciting artwork at Millstone Pottery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the McGregor day trip planning app.

Getting from Greyton to McGregor by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in McGregor, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rawsonville.

Things to do in McGregor

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Badsberg Winery, then learn about winemaking at Du Toitskloof Wines, and then learn about winemaking at Merwida Wine Cellar.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rawsonville online trip maker.

Traveling by car from McGregor to Rawsonville takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Rawsonville

Wineries

Stellenbosch

— 1 night

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): do a tasting at Waterford Estate and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Stellenbosch travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rawsonville to Stellenbosch takes an hour. In December in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries · Tours

Franschhoek

— 1 night

Food and Wine Capital of South Africa

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
On the 30th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Lynx Wine, see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, do a tasting at Eikehof, then do a tasting at Stony Brook Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Franschhoek trip planning site.

Franschhoek is just a stone's throw from Stellenbosch. December in Franschhoek sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Hoedspruit

— 2 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
On the 31st (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, meet the residents at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and finally stop by Kumbaya Home Decor. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Hans Merensky Golf Course, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Qualito Craft Distillery, then do a tasting at Amarula Lapa, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit itinerary planner.

You can fly from Franschhoek to Hoedspruit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Franschhoek in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Hoedspruit, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Golf · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kruger National Park

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. On the next day, stroll through Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park tour itinerary website.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Johannesburg

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and finally browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg attractions site.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.