17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
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Port Elizabeth
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Jeffreys Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Storms River
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Betty's Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
8
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Port Elizabeth

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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.
On the 7th (Sat), kick back and relax at Hobie Beach.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth day trip website .

In December, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Beaches Parks Outdoors

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park
For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Addo Elephant National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park takes 1.5 hours. In December in Addo Elephant National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toJeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

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Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Jeffreys Bay is a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at St Francis Bay Beach and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brewhaha Craft Brewery.

Plan trip to Jeffreys Bay with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Jeffreys Bay takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off toStorms River.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

St Francis Bay Beach
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Brewhaha Craft Brewery ©
Brewhaha Craft Brewery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Natures Valley Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Storms River route maker tool .

You can drive from Jeffreys Bay to Storms River in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Storms River

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Natures Valley Beach, Dutch Reformed Church
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Natures Valley Beach ©
Natures Valley Beach
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of St Jude's Anglican Church, then do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards, and then look for gifts at Latana Cheese.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Storms River to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trip

De Rust
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Doornkraal Padstal ©
Doornkraal Padstal
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
St Jude's Anglican Church ©
St Jude's Anglican Church

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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.
On the 15th (Sun), stroll through Ashia and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Stellenbosch Toy & Miniature Museum, then experience rural life at Polkadraai Farm, and then stop by DV Artisan Chocolate.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Stellenbosch trip maker .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Stellenbosch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Stellenbosch sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Betty's Bay.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Paarl
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Ashia ©
Ashia
Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Polkadraai Farm ©
Polkadraai Farm

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Betty's Bay

Betty's Bay ©
Betty's Bay is a small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape province. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Betty's Bay Main Beach and then stop by The Fishing Cat.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Betty's Bay road trip planning site .

Getting from Stellenbosch to Betty's Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Betty's Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Betty's Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Fishing Cat
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Betty's Bay Main Beach ©
Betty's Bay Main Beach
The Fishing Cat ©
The Fishing Cat

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, stop by Rossouw Modern, then tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and then Head underground at Klipgat Caves.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hermanus trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Betty's Bay to Hermanus takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Klipgat Caves
Highlights from your plan
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater
Klipgat Caves ©
Klipgat Caves
Rossouw Modern ©
Rossouw Modern

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Platteklip Gorge and Noordhoek Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like St. James Beach and Rush go. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Steenberg Vineyards.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip website .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Noordhoek Beach ©
Noordhoek Beach
St. James Beach ©
St. James Beach

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