41 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

41 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

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41 days in Eastern Cape Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
East London
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Hogsback
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Grahamstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Graaff-Reinet
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Storms River
— 15 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cape St Francis
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Port Elizabeth
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
East London

East London ©
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. Venture out of the city with trips to Emerald Vale Brewery (in Chintsa East), Steve Biko Centre (in King William's Town) and Double Mouth Nature Reserve (in Morgan's Bay). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nahoon Beach, stroll through Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve, browse the exhibits of Ann Bryant Art Gallery, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Avalon Market.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the East London trip planner .

Johannesburg to East London is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in East London are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hogsback.

Things to do in East London

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Cintsa Beach, Steve Biko Centre, Emerald Vale Brewery, Double Mouth Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Hemingways Mall ©
Hemingways Mall
Emerald Vale Brewery ©
Emerald Vale Brewery
Floradale Nurseries ©
Floradale Nurseries

3
nights
Hogsback

Hogsback ©
Hogsback is a town in the Amathole Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.NameThere are two theories as how the village received its name. Step out of Hogsback to go to Whittlesea and see Harrison Hope Wine Estate, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hogsback Arboretum, get to know the fascinating history of The Shipwreck Coast, get outside with Hogsback Adventures, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Camelot Fairy Meander.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hogsback online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from East London to Hogsback in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hogsback when traveling from East London in December, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Hogsback

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

The Shipwreck Coast, Harrison Hope Wine Estate
Highlights from your plan
Hogsback Arboretum ©
Hogsback Arboretum
Harrison Hope Wine Estate ©
Harrison Hope Wine Estate
Hogsback Adventures ©
Hogsback Adventures

4
nights
Grahamstown

Grahamstown
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Explore Grahamstown's surroundings by going to Bathurst (St John's Anglican Church & Clumber Church), Port Alfred (Fish River Lighthouse, Kowie River, & more) and Kenton-on-Sea (Mosaic Studio, Kariega Beach, & more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Catholic Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grahamstown trip builder .

You can drive from Hogsback to Grahamstown in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea, Bathurst
Highlights from your plan
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Kowie River ©
Kowie River

1
night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
On the 13th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Addo Elephant National Park trip maker website .

You can drive from Grahamstown to Addo Elephant National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

5
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
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.
Explore Graaff-Reinet's surroundings by going to Nieu-Bethesda (The Owl House & Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre), Cradock (Mountain Zebra National Park & Cat Conservation Trust) and Walter Battiss Art Museum (in Somerset East). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Valley of Desolation, explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum, see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Camdeboo National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Graaff-Reinet trip planner.

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Graaff-Reinet takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Storms River.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cradock, Nieu-Bethesda, Walter Battiss Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
The Owl House ©
The Owl House

15
nights
Storms River

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Storms River: Dutch Reformed Church (in Kareedouw), Natures Valley Beach (in Nature's Valley) and Cadeau Hiking Trails (in Witelsbos). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, and browse the exhibits of Bitou Art Gallery.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Storms River trip planner .

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Storms River in 4.5 hours. In December in Storms River, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off toCape St Francis.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Cadeau Hiking Trails, Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary, Natures Valley Beach, Dutch Reformed Church
Highlights from your plan
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

1
night
Cape St Francis

Cape St Francis
Cape St. To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape St Francis trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Storms River to Cape St Francis in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cape St Francis can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off toPort Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cape St Francis

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

7
nights
Port Elizabeth

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Daniell Cheetah Project in Kirkwood (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, and try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth day trip website .

Drive from Cape St Francis to Port Elizabeth in 1.5 hours. In January in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Daniell Cheetah Project
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park