30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa sightseeing planner

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Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive
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Stellenbosch
— 4 nights
Drive
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Franschhoek
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Mossel Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Witsand
— 1 night
Drive
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Worcester
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paarl
— 3 nights
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Cape Town

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

Make your Cape Town itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cape Town. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Stellenbosch

— 4 nights

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Explore Stellenbosch's surroundings by going to Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay), SANSA Space Science (in Hermanus) and Shark Diving (in Gansbaai). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate, don't miss a visit to Elgin Railway Market, get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Stellenbosch trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek

— 3 nights

Food and Wine Capital of South Africa

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Franschhoek is known for wineries, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, take in the exciting artwork at African Hands Art Gallery, learn about winemaking at La Bourgogne Farm, and explore the galleries of Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Franschhoek travel planning site.

Franschhoek is very close to Stellenbosch. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Elizabeth

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of Port Elizabeth with an excursion to Cathedral of St Michael and St George in Grahamstown--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Franschhoek to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Addo Elephant National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Addo Elephant National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks · Wildlife

Mossel Bay

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mossel Bay: Rooiberg Pass (in Calitzdorp), Knysna (Knysna Elephant Park & Knysna Heads) and Oudtshoorn (Cango Caves, Swartberg Pass, &more). There's much more to do: stop by Tiny Shop, trot along with a tour on horseback, and examine the collection at Janine Iron and Washing Museum.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Mossel Bay holiday planner.

You can fly from Addo Elephant National Park to Mossel Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Mossel Bay sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Witsand.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Witsand

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Witsand Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Witsand online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Mossel Bay to Witsand in 2 hours. Traveling from Mossel Bay in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Witsand. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Worcester.

Things to do in Witsand

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Worcester

— 4 nights
Worcester is a town in the Western Cape, South Africa. Change things up with these side-trips from Worcester: Robertson (Marbrin Olive Growers, Four Cousins Tasting Room, &more), Ashton Winery (in Ashton) and Swellendam (Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery & Drostdy Museum). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Mountain Brewing Company, learn about winemaking at Bemind Wines, relax in the rural setting at Olijvenhof Olive Estate, and browse the different shops at Q Square.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Worcester trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Witsand to Worcester in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Paarl.

Things to do in Worcester

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paarl

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Winelands

The town of Paarl remains best known for its landscape, dominated by a gargantuan granite outcrop--it's also notable as the birthplace of the Afrikaans language.
Take a break from Paarl with a short trip to Garagista Craft Beer Brewery in Riebeek Kasteel, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Bains MTB Trails, learn about winemaking at Vondeling Wines, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ashia, and sample the fine beverages at James Sedgwick Distillery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paarl travel planner.

Traveling by car from Worcester to Paarl takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Paarl

Wineries · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.