34 days in South Africa, Australia & Singapore Itinerary

34 days in South Africa, Australia & Singapore Itinerary

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34 days in South Africa, Australia & Singapore Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Storms River, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Hermanus, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
7
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
8
Singapore, Singapore
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas, Australia
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​h
11
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London, United Kingdom

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth
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.
For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth trip app .

London, UK to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Port Elizabeth hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. You will leave for Jeffreys Bay on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Jeffreys Bay
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll through Chokka Trail and then enjoy the sea views from Seal Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Dolphin Beach and then trek along Baviaans Camino.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jeffreys Bay holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Storms River.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Eastern Cape, Seal Point
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach
Seal Point ©
Seal Point

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nights
Storms River, South Africa

Storms River ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): head outdoors with Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey and then hike along Waterfall Trail. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Natures Valley Beach, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Storms River route planning site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Natures Valley Beach
Highlights from your plan
Natures Valley Beach ©
Natures Valley Beach
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey ©
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey

2
nights
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get outside with Waterval Rust en Vrede, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then stroll through Meerkat Magic. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall, then explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort, and finally learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn day trip planner .

Drive from Storms River to Oudtshoorn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

De Rust
Highlights from your plan
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

2
nights
Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get in touch with nature at Grotto Beach and Kleinmond Beach. Family-friendly places like Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and Kwaaiwater will thrill your kids. Step out of Hermanus with an excursion to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Cape Whale Coast, Head underground at Klipgat Caves, take in the exciting artwork at Originals Gallery, and look and learn at SANSA Space Science.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kleinmond Beach, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Klipgat Caves
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kleinmond Beach ©
Kleinmond Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

2
nights
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by DV Artisan Chocolate.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Stellenbosch trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Hermanus to Stellenbosch by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Parks Wildlife Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Paarl, Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden ©
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve ©
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Ashia ©
Ashia

2
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 18th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, then hike along Platteklip Gorge, and then stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Town tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Stellenbosch to Cape Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

6
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Discover out-of-the-way places like MacRitchie Nature Trail and The Southern Ridges. Take a break from the city and head to City Scoot and East Coast Park. Get out of town with these interesting Singapore side-trips: Sentosa Island (Universal Studios Singapore & Skyline Luge Sentosa). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, examine the collection at The Intan, explore the engaging exhibits at National Gallery Singapore, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Faber.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Singapore journey planning app .

You can fly from Cape Town to Singapore in 17.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Singapore Time is 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Singapore reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sentosa Island
Highlights from your plan
City Scoot ©
City Scoot
MacRitchie Nature Trail ©
MacRitchie Nature Trail
Singapore Zoo ©
Singapore Zoo

2
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit website .

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Cairns takes 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Cairns. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Crystal Cascades, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Babinda Boulders
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

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nights
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Relax by the water at Four Mile Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Dubuji Boardwalk (in Cape Tribulation), Daintree Tea (in Daintree) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan). Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, head outdoors with Horses in Port, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree Tea
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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nights
Sydney, Australia

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, then identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Tamarama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then stroll through Clovelly Beach, and then stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Sydney by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Sydney is slightly colder than Port Douglas - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Bondi, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach

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