18 days in Bloemfontein, Northern Cape & Western Cape Itinerary

18 days in Bloemfontein, Northern Cape & Western Cape Itinerary

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18 days in Bloemfontein, Northern Cape & Western Cape Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  4 h
1
Bloemfontein
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Kimberley
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h 45 min
3
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h 45 min
5
Augrabies Falls National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Upington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Springbok
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Garies
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

few
hours
Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein ©
Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery and then browse the different shops at Loch Logan Waterfront.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bloemfontein trip itinerary builder site .

Johannesburg to Bloemfontein is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Bloemfontein to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Shopping Museums
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Loch Logan Waterfront ©
Loch Logan Waterfront
Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery ©
Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery

2
nights
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.
Springbok Pub has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a taste of local nightlife at Springbok Pub.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kimberley visit planner .

Drive from Bloemfontein to Kimberley in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll set off for Cape Town on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Kimberley

Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Springbok Pub ©
Springbok Pub

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Greenmarket Square and Prins & Prins. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Point, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Platteklip Gorge.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kimberley to Cape Town. When traveling from Kimberley in December, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio, then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary site .

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
Highlights from your plan
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

1
night
Augrabies Falls National Park

Augrabies Falls National Park ©
You've now added Augrabies Falls National Park to your itinerary. On the 5th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Riemvasmaak Hot Springs.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Augrabies Falls National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Augrabies Falls National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Upington.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Riemvasmaak Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Augrabies Falls National Park ©
Augrabies Falls National Park
Riemvasmaak Hot Springs ©
Riemvasmaak Hot Springs

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nights
Upington

Upington ©
Upington is a town founded in 1884 and located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kalahari Safaris Day Tours as well as Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On the 6th (Mon), stroll through Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Kalahari Safaris Day Tours.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Upington trip planning website .

Drive from Augrabies Falls National Park to Upington in 1.5 hours. In January in Upington, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), you're off toSpringbok.

Things to do in Upington

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park ©
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Kalahari Safaris Day Tours ©
Kalahari Safaris Day Tours

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nights
Springbok

Springbok ©
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Namaqualand. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Namaqualand.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Springbok trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Upington to Springbok in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Upington in January, with highs in Springbok at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Garies.

Things to do in Springbok

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Northern Cape
Highlights from your plan
Namaqua National Park ©
Namaqua National Park
Namaqualand ©
Namaqualand

2
nights
Garies

Garies ©
Garies is a small agricultural centre situated in South Africa's Northern Cape province about 110 km south of Springbok, the chief town of the Namaqualand district. You've now added Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for gifts at Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Garies online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Springbok to Garies takes 1.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Garies

Shopping
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Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop ©
Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop

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