27 days in South Africa Itinerary

27 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Bloemfontein
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Gariep Dam
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Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
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Port Elizabeth
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Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
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Knysna
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Wilderness
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George
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Mossel Bay
— 10 nights
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Oudtshoorn
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Hopetown
— 1 night
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Kimberley
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Randfontein
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Bloemfontein

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): browse the different shops at Loch Logan Waterfront.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bloemfontein road trip planning website.

Musina to Bloemfontein is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. December in Bloemfontein sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Gariep Dam.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Shopping
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Gariep Dam

On the 10th (Thu), stroll through Gariep Dam Nature Reserve.

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Drive from Bloemfontein to Gariep Dam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Gariep Dam

Wildlife · Parks
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Graaff-Reinet

— 1 night
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at The Reinet House and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gariep Dam to Graaff-Reinet takes 3 hours. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Port Elizabeth

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth travel site.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Plettenberg Bay on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Plettenberg Bay

— 1 night
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.
On the 11th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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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 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna route planner.

Knysna is just a stone's throw from Plettenberg Bay. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Wilderness.

Things to do in Knysna

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Wilderness

On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
On the 12th (Sat), get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Wilderness trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Wilderness takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Wilderness can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to George.
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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.
You've now added Redberry Farm to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): experience rural life at Redberry Farm.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the George route planner.

George is just a short distance from Wilderness. In December, daily temperatures in George can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Mossel Bay.
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Mossel Bay

— 10 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Point of Human Origins as well as Diaz Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Santos Beach and Lappiesbaai Beach. Family-friendly places like Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and Janine Iron and Washing Museum will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Ancient Fish Traps in Stilbaai (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape St Blaize Lighthouse and try to win big at Garden Route Casino.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mossel Bay road trip planning app.

You can drive from George to Mossel Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mossel Bay can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Fun & Games

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Oudtshoorn

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
You've now added Cango Caves to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for Hopetown.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Nature · Parks
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Hopetown

— 1 night
Hopetown is a town which lies at the edge of the Great Karoo in South Africa's Northern Cape province. To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hopetown trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Hopetown by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for Kimberley.

Kimberley

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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kimberley road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hopetown to Kimberley takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel to Randfontein.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Randfontein

— 11 nights
Randfontein is a gold mining city in the West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa, 40km west of Johannesburg. For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Randfontein trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kimberley to Randfontein. While traveling from Kimberley, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Randfontein, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Randfontein

Outdoors · Golf

South Africa travel guide

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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.