23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Howick
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Pietermaritzburg
— 1 night
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Port St Johns
— 1 day
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Coffee Bay
— 2 nights
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East London
— 2 nights
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
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Jeffreys Bay
— 2 nights
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Storms River
— 1 night
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
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Montagu
— 2 nights
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Tankwa Karoo National Park
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Kimberley
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Howick

— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Karkloof Conservation Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Howick online route maker.

Clarens to Howick is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In November, daytime highs in Howick are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pietermaritzburg.

Things to do in Howick

Parks · Wildlife
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Pietermaritzburg

— 1 night
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. On the 26th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Comrades Marathon House, admire the natural beauty at Wylie Park, and then trot along with Midlands Meander.

For ratings and tourist information, read Pietermaritzburg trip tool.

Pietermaritzburg is very close to Howick. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port St Johns.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Port St Johns

— 1 day
A website especially designed to advertise the various establishments on Agate Terrace (Long Beach) in Port St. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stroll through Silaka Nature Reserve and then stroll through Dwesa Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port St Johns trip planner.

You can drive from Pietermaritzburg to Port St Johns in 6 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Port St Johns

Parks · Wildlife

Coffee Bay

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffee Bay Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mdumbi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Hole in the Wall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Coffee Bay travel planner.

Getting from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to East London.

Things to do in Coffee Bay

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

East London

— 2 nights
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at East London Lion Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read East London trip maker site.

Drive from Coffee Bay to East London in 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in East London can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. 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 · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Addo Elephant National Park

— 2 nights
On the 1st (Sun), stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo and then stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Addo Elephant National Park trip planner.

Getting from East London to Addo Elephant National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Addo Elephant National Park are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks · Wildlife

Jeffreys Bay

— 2 nights
Thanks to the proximity of top tourist spots, Jeffreys Bay vacations allow you to surf, fish, tag sharks, watch wildlife, ride horses along the beach, and experience the world's highest bungee jump all on the same day.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seal Point and Jeffrey's Bay Shell Museum (Charlotte Kritzinger Shell Museum). Get outdoors at Chokka Trail and St Francis Bay Beach. There's still lots to do: hike along Baviaans Camino and sample the tasty concoctions at Brewhaha Craft Brewery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jeffreys Bay tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Jeffreys Bay takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Jeffreys Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Storms River

— 1 night
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 to your itinerary.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Storms River online attractions planner.

You can drive from Jeffreys Bay to Storms River in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Storms River are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Forest Guided Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on Forest Guided Tours and then stroll through Buffalo Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church, then stroll through Radical Raptors, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip website.

Traveling by car from Storms River to Plettenberg Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mossel Bay

— 2 nights

Bay of Attraction

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.
On the 9th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, and then look for gifts at La Chocolaterie Rococo.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mossel Bay online holiday maker.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Mossel Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Montagu.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Spas · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

Montagu

— 2 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Esona Boutique Wine Estate and Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm. Do some cultural sightseeing at De Wetshof Estate and Montagu Museum. Explore Montagu's surroundings by going to Graham Beck Robertson Estate (in Robertson) and Bemind Wines (in McGregor). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts, make a trip to Joubert House, and pause for some serene contemplation at Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Montagu day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Montagu takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Montagu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Tankwa Karoo National Park.

Things to do in Montagu

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Tankwa Karoo National Park

— 2 nights
For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tankwa Karoo National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Montagu to Tankwa Karoo National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Montagu in December: highs in Tankwa Karoo National Park hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You will leave for Kimberley on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Felidae Centre, then witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield, and then see the interesting displays at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at McGregor Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at William Humphreys Art Gallery, and then try to win big at Flamingo Casino.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kimberley trip builder website.

Getting from Tankwa Karoo National Park to Kimberley by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In December, Kimberley is somewhat warmer than Tankwa Karoo National Park - with highs of 41°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping · Casinos

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Tsitsikamma National Park travel guide

4.1
Zipline · Stand-Up Paddleboarding · Bridges
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails. The park is home to numerous mammals, reptiles, and vast amounts of different bird species, including the very rare tauraco and sunbird. Meanwhile, numerous amenities, including restaurants, chalets, shops, campsites, and adventure tour operators ensure a comfortable and versatile trip to Tsitsikamma National Park.