8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa travel route planner

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Kimberley
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De Aar
— 1 night
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Graaff-Reinet
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Knysna
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
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Cradock
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Colesberg
— 1 night
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Gariep Dam
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Bloemfontein
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole.

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

Pretoria to Kimberley is an approximately 6-hour car ride. Traveling from Pretoria in December, you will find days in Kimberley are much warmer (41°C), and nights are little chillier (19°C). On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to De Aar.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums
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De Aar

— 1 night
De Aar is a town in the Northern Cape, South Africa. For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the De Aar trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Kimberley to De Aar in 3 hours. Traveling from Kimberley in December, expect nights in De Aar to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 38°C. You'll set off for Graaff-Reinet on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in De Aar

Historic Sites

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.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet trip planner.

Drive from De Aar to Graaff-Reinet in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Knysna

— 2 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.
Discover how to plan a Knysna trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Beaches

Port Elizabeth

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Sardinia Bay Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Port Elizabeth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Cradock.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Cradock

Cradock is a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, in the upper valley of the Great Fish River, 250km by road northeast of Port Elizabeth. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Church.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cradock trip maker.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Cradock takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colesberg.

Things to do in Cradock

Historic Sites

Colesberg

— 1 night
Colesberg is a town with 17,354 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, located on the main N1 road from Cape Town to Johannesburg.In a sheep-farming area spread over half-a-million hectares, greater Colesberg breeds many of the country's top merinos. For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colesberg online holiday planner.

You can drive from Cradock to Colesberg in 2.5 hours. You will leave for Gariep Dam on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Colesberg

Museums

Gariep Dam

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gariep Dam online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colesberg to Gariep Dam takes an hour. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Gariep Dam

Wildlife · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Oliewenhuis Art Museum and then browse the exhibits of Gallery on Leviseur.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bloemfontein online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gariep Dam to Bloemfontein takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Bloemfontein sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums · Shopping

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.