33 days in Windhoek, Walvis Bay & South Africa Itinerary

33 days in Windhoek, Walvis Bay & South Africa Itinerary

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Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
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Walvis Bay, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Paternoster, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
— 1 night
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Pretoria, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia

— 1 night
Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Gibeon Meteorites, tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Windhoek online vacation maker.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Windhoek is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central Africa Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Walvis Bay.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Golf

Walvis Bay, Namibia

— 2 nights
A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, kick back and relax at Long Beach Leisure Park, and then stroll through Dune 7.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Walvis Bay trip builder website.

You can fly from Windhoek to Walvis Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Windhoek in December, things will get slightly colder in Walvis Bay: highs are around 27°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and stroll through Clifton Beaches.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town route planning tool.

You can drive from Walvis Bay to Cape Town in 17.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Walvis Bay to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Paternoster.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Paternoster, South Africa

— 2 nights
Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): look for gifts at Gaia Crystals, kick back and relax at Langebaan Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Langebaan Lagoon. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at SA Fisheries Museum, then explore and take pictures at Simply Bee Obsevation Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paternoster Beach.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Paternoster online day trip planner.

Drive from Cape Town to Paternoster in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Paternoster are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Paternoster

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

— 2 nights

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.
On the 15th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort, and then admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn route planner.

Getting from Paternoster to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 6 hours. While traveling from Paternoster, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

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Knysna, South Africa

— 3 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Change things up with a short trip to Wilderness Beach in Wilderness (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and get outside with Tony Cook Adventures.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Waterfall Trail). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, cool off at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park, and relax and rejuvenate at Forest Nature Spa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay tour planner.

Plettenberg Bay is very close to Knysna. 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 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): play a few rounds at St.Francis Links and then trek along Chokka Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with Shatara Fishing Charters and then stroll through Paradise Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Jeffreys Bay online trip builder.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Jeffreys Bay by car takes about 2 hours. In December in Jeffreys Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Elizabeth: Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester) and Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park). Spend the 25th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, stroll through Sardinia Bay Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jeffreys Bay to Port Elizabeth takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Durban, South Africa

— 2 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, then view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): cool off at uShaka Marine World and then look for gifts at Joe's Corner Shop.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Durban itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Elizabeth in December: high temperatures in Durban hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bloemfontein, South Africa

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anglo Boer War Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bloemfontein online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Bloemfontein takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durban in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Bloemfontein, with highs around 38°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums · Shopping

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 4 nights
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Spend the 31st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Bloemfontein to Kruger National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bloemfontein in December: highs in Kruger National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Pretoria.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Pretoria, South Africa

— 2 nights
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then explore by horseback at Horseback Africa. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History.

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You can fly from Kruger National Park to Pretoria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kruger National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Pretoria, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Pretoria

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.