19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Kimberley
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Cape Town
— 9 nights
End: Cape Town

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.
On the 14th (Sat), view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, and then see the interesting displays at Kimberley Mine Museum. On your second day here, witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kimberley itinerary planner .

Cape Town to Kimberley is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Kimberley are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
William Humphreys Art Gallery ©
William Humphreys Art Gallery

5
nights
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.
Attractions like Wilderness Beach and Wilgewandel Holiday Farm make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: George (Outeniqua Transport Museum & Cape Palette Art Gallery), Meiringspoort (in De Rust) and Fernskloof Wines (in Prince Albert). The adventure continues: Head underground at Cango Caves, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, and stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn visit planning site .

Drive from Kimberley to Oudtshoorn in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kimberley in December, you will find days in Oudtshoorn are cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

George, De Rust, Wilderness Beach, Fernskloof Wines
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

2
nights
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.
For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Stellenbosch online day trip planner .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Stellenbosch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Franschhoek Motor Museum, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Highlights from your plan
Spier Wine Farm ©
Spier Wine Farm
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

9
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Cape Point, hike along Platteklip Gorge, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Town route planner .

Traveling by bus from Stellenbosch to Cape Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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