23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Clarens
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Howick
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
2
Pietermaritzburg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Port St Johns
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Coffee Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
East London
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Jeffreys Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Storms River
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Montagu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Tankwa Karoo National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
13
Kimberley
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
day
Howick

Howick ©
Sitting 1,050 m (3,445 ft) above sea level, Howick boasts waterfalls, gorges, and rivers, and was the site of Nelson Mandela's arrest in 1962.
On the 25th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Karkloof Conservation Centre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Howick attractions planner.

Clarens to Howick is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pietermaritzburg.

Things to do in Howick

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Karkloof Conservation Centre ©
Karkloof Conservation Centre

1
night
Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg ©
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Midlands Meander. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Comrades Marathon House, admire the natural beauty at Wylie Park, and then take a pleasant ride with Midlands Meander.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pietermaritzburg trip tool .

Pietermaritzburg is just a stone's throw from Howick. In November, daytime highs in Pietermaritzburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Port St Johns.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Midlands Meander
Highlights from your plan
Wylie Park ©
Wylie Park
Comrades Marathon House ©
Comrades Marathon House

1
day
Port St Johns

Port St Johns ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Silaka Nature Reserve and then stroll through Dwesa Nature Reserve.

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Getting from Pietermaritzburg to Port St Johns by car takes about 5.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Port St Johns are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Port St Johns

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Silaka Nature Reserve ©
Silaka Nature Reserve

2
nights
Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Coffee Bay Beach and then stroll through Mdumbi Beach. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Hole in the Wall.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Coffee Bay itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay in 3.5 hours. In November in Coffee Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to East London.

Things to do in Coffee Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mdumbi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach
Hole in the Wall ©
Hole in the Wall

2
nights
East London

East London
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. On the 30th (Sat), enjoy some diversion at East London Lion Park, then view the masterpieces at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our East London holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Coffee Bay to East London takes 4 hours. In November in East London, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in East London

Parks Wildlife Nature

2
nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from East London to Addo Elephant National Park takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©

2
nights
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seal Point and St Francis Bay Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Chokka Trail and Baviaans Camino.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jeffreys Bay holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Jeffreys Bay takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Storms River.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Saint Francis Bay, Eastern Cape
Highlights from your plan
Seal Point ©
Seal Point
Brewhaha Craft Brewery ©
Brewhaha Craft Brewery

1
night
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.
You've now added Face Adrenalin - Bloukrans Bungy to your itinerary.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Storms River trip builder .

Traveling by car from Jeffreys Bay to Storms River takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Storms River can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River bridge
Highlights from your plan
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey ©
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge

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.
You've now added Forest Guided Tours to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on Forest Guided Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buffalo Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, then stroll through Radical Raptors, and finally kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Storms River to Plettenberg Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Knysna
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Forest Guided Tours ©
Forest Guided Tours

2
nights
Mossel Bay

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, and then look for gifts at La Chocolaterie Rococo.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mossel Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Mossel Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mossel Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Montagu.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Spas Shopping Wineries

Side Trip

Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
Highlights from your plan
Spas
La Chocolaterie Rococo ©
La Chocolaterie Rococo

2
nights
Montagu

Montagu ©
A gateway to the fertile hills and valleys of the Little Karoo and a stop on historic Route 62, the scenic village of Montagu captivates with its quaint Cape Dutch architecture and mineral hot springs.
Get some cultural insight at Esona Boutique Wine Estate and Graham Beck Robertson Estate. Museum-lovers will appreciate Montagu Museum and Hick's Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Montagu: Bemind Wines (in McGregor) and Robertson (De Wetshof Estate & Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm). There's much more to do: stop by Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mildred's Chapelry, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Montagu tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Mossel Bay to Montagu in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tankwa Karoo National Park.

Things to do in Montagu

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Robertson, Bemind Wines
Highlights from your plan
De Wetshof Estate ©
De Wetshof Estate
Esona Boutique Wine Estate ©
Esona Boutique Wine Estate
Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm ©

2
nights
Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park
To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tankwa Karoo National Park tour itinerary maker website .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Tankwa Karoo National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in November, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Tankwa Karoo National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 1st (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tours Outdoors Adventure

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Felidae Centre, take in the history at Magersfontein Battlefield, and then see the interesting displays at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at McGregor Museum, then view the masterpieces at William Humphreys Art Gallery, and then try to win big at Flamingo Casino.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kimberley online travel route planner .

You can drive from Tankwa Karoo National Park to Kimberley in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tankwa Karoo National Park in December: high temperatures in Kimberley hover around 41°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Magersfontein Battlefield ©
Magersfontein Battlefield
McGregor Museum ©
McGregor Museum
Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre ©
Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre

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