23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Vrede
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Bethlehem
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Bethulie
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Gariep Dam
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Nieu-Bethesda
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cradock
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
George
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
9
Mossel Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Calitzdorp
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Ceres
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Beaufort West
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
14
Colesberg
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
15
Kimberley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Vrede

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Bethlehem

Bethlehem
Bethlehem is a large town in the eastern Free State province of South Africa that is situated on the Liebenbergs river (also called Liebenbergs Vlei) along a fertile valley just north of the Rooiberg Mountains on the N5 road.It is the fastest growing town in the Free state province, with its target of being the Fourth largest city after Kroonstad in balance.It is a wheat growing area and named after the biblical Bethlehem (from "Beit Lechem", Hebrew for "house of bread").The town lies at an altitude of and this contributes to its cool climate with frosty winters and mild summers. On the 9th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Bethlehem Museum.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bethlehem trip itinerary website .

Vrede to Bethlehem is an approximately 2-hour car ride. When traveling from Vrede in October, plan for slightly colder days in Bethlehem, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Bethulie.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Museums

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Bethulie

Bethulie
Bethulie is a small sheep and cattle farming town in the Free State province of South Africa. For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bethulie trip planner .

You can drive from Bethlehem to Bethulie in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. October in Bethulie sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), you're off toGariep Dam.

Things to do in Bethulie

Historic Sites

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Gariep Dam

Gariep Dam
To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gariep Dam online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Bethulie to Gariep Dam takes an hour. On the 10th (Thu), you're off toNieu-Bethesda.

Things to do in Gariep Dam

Wildlife Parks

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Nieu-Bethesda

Nieu-Bethesda ©
Nieu-Bethesda is a village in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberge, approximately 50km from Graaff Reinet. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the world behind art at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre and then examine the collection at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nieu-Bethesda attractions planning app .

You can drive from Gariep Dam to Nieu-Bethesda in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cradock.

Things to do in Nieu-Bethesda

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan

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Cradock

Cradock ©
Cradock is a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, in the upper valley of the Great Fish River, 250km by road northeast of Port Elizabeth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Cat Conservation Trust, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Church, and then contemplate the long history of Schreiner House Museum.

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Traveling by car from Nieu-Bethesda to Cradock takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
Schreiner House Museum ©
Schreiner House Museum
Cat Conservation Trust ©
Cat Conservation Trust

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Goose Valley Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay online holiday planner .

You can drive from Cradock to Plettenberg Bay in 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors Golf Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Goose Valley Golf Club ©
Goose Valley Golf Club

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Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get great views at Margaret's Viewpoint. On the next day, tee off at Simola Golf and then stroll through Buffalo Bay.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Knysna attractions planner .

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to George.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Golf Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf
Jandreart Studio ©
Jandreart Studio

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George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church and then do a tasting at Herold Wine Estate.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our George trip planner .

You can take a bus from Knysna to George in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in George

Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church

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Mossel Bay

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Swellendam Golf Course. Get out of town with these interesting Mossel Bay side-trips: Umkhondo Big Five (in Albertina) and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery (in Swellendam). There's much more to do: do a tasting at ReedValley, stroll through Nkonzo Wildlife Research, get engrossed in the history at ATKV’s Hartenbos Museum, and stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mossel Bay road trip tool .

Traveling by car from George to Mossel Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Calitzdorp.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Swellendam, Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, Umkhondo Big Five
Highlights from your plan
Nkonzo Wildlife Research ©
Nkonzo Wildlife Research
Spas
ReedValley ©
ReedValley

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Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like De Krans Wines and Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm. Go for a jaunt from Calitzdorp to Ladismith to see Karoo Vine about 46 minutes away.

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You can drive from Mossel Bay to Calitzdorp in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Calitzdorp

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Western Cape, Karoo Vine
Highlights from your plan
Cedarberg Mountains ©
Cedarberg Mountains
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Calitzdorp Cellar ©
Calitzdorp Cellar

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pringle Bay Beach and Thelema Mountain Vineyards. Explore Stellenbosch's surroundings by going to Kwaaiwater (in Hermanus), Betty's Bay Main Beach (in Betty's Bay) and Stony Brook Vineyards (in Franschhoek). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Villiera Wines, look for gifts at Bebe's Chocolaterie and Gluten Free Patisserie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dutch Reform Church, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Stellenbosch route planning tool .

You can drive from Calitzdorp to Stellenbosch in 4 hours. In October in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ceres.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Kwaaiwater, Pringle Bay Beach, Nederburg Wines, Betty's Bay Main Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pringle Bay  Beach ©
Pringle Bay Beach
Stony Brook Vineyards ©
Stony Brook Vineyards
Villiera Wines ©
Villiera Wines

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Ceres

Ceres ©
Ceres is the administrative centre and largest town of the Witzenberg Local Municipality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Matroosberg Nature Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ceres trip planner .

Drive from Stellenbosch to Ceres in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will leave for Beaufort West on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Ceres

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

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Beaufort West

Beaufort West
Beaufort West is a town in the Western Cape province in South Africa. To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Beaufort West trip maker app .

You can drive from Ceres to Beaufort West in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Colesberg.

Things to do in Beaufort West

Nature Parks Historic Sites

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Colesberg

Colesberg
Colesberg is a town with 17,354 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, located on the main N1 road from Cape Town to Johannesburg.In a sheep-farming area spread over half-a-million hectares, greater Colesberg breeds many of the country's top merinos. To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colesberg tour website .

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Colesberg in 2.5 hours. On the 1st (Fri), you're off toKimberley.

Things to do in Colesberg

Museums

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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 30th (Wed), try your luck at Flamingo Casino.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimberley vacation maker .

You can drive from Colesberg to Kimberley in 3.5 hours. October in Kimberley sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Fun & Games Casinos Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Flamingo Casino ©
Flamingo Casino
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole

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