18 days in Bloemfontein, Northern Cape & Western Cape Itinerary

18 days in Bloemfontein, Northern Cape & Western Cape Itinerary

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Bloemfontein
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Kimberley
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Augrabies Falls National Park
— 1 night
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Upington
— 3 nights
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Springbok
— 2 nights
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Garies
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Bloemfontein

City of Roses

Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J. R. R. Tolkien, Bloemfontein blends a variety of African and European cultures, creating an environment suited for both business and leisure.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the galleries of Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery and then browse the different shops at Loch Logan Waterfront.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bloemfontein trip maker website.

Johannesburg to Bloemfontein is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Bloemfontein hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Kimberley

— 2 nights

City that Sparkles

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.
You've now added Springbok Pub to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): have a few drinks at Springbok Pub.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kimberley trip planner.

Getting from Bloemfontein to Kimberley by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kimberley

Nightlife
Highlights from your 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.
Head to Greenmarket Square and Cape Quarter Mallfor some retail therapy. Visiting Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, stop by Prins & Prins, tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip planner.

You can drive from Kimberley to Cape Town in 10 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kimberley in December: highs in Cape Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Plettenberg Bay

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Birds of Eden, then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and finally stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in January, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Augrabies Falls National Park

— 1 night
Augrabies Falls National Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Augrabies Falls National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Riemvasmaak Hot Springs.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Augrabies Falls National Park itinerary maker.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Augrabies Falls National Park in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Upington.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Upington

— 3 nights
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of Kalahari Safaris Day Tours.

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

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'll travel to Springbok.

Things to do in Upington

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Springbok

— 2 nights
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 more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Springbok tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Upington to Springbok takes 4 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Upington in January: high temperatures in Springbok hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Garies.

Things to do in Springbok

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Garies

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for gifts at Garies Toeriste Stal Coffee Shop.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Garies tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Springbok to Garies in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Garies

Shopping

Northern Cape travel guide

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National Parks · History Museums · Nature & Parks
Highlights from a Northern Cape itinerary include rock climbing among the mountains and learning about the region's diamond-mining history. See a former excavation site--now filled with water--that claims to be the world's largest hole excavated by hand. Although partially covered in desert, the region blooms in spring, when the spectacle of vast fields of flowers generates an influx of tourism to the Northern Cape, the largest and most sparsely populated region of South Africa.

Western Cape travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Mountains
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.