16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
3
Umhlanga Rocks
— 2 nights
4
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
5
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
6
Johannesburg
— 3 nights

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island Museum and Klein Constantia. Get some historical perspective at Groot Constantia and Groote Kerk. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, stroll through Signal Hill, stop by Prins & Prins, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town road trip site.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cape Town is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 3.5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in August, with highs in Cape Town at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

2
nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): trek along Waterfall Trail, thenview the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and finally stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

2
nights
Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Rocks ©
Hailed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Umhlanga Rocks boasts beautiful coastlines best suited for surfing, fishing, and whale and dolphin viewing.
On the 19th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, thenkick back and relax at Umhlanga Beach, thenview the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Africa Art Gallery. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Ballito Lifestyle Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at Lillies Quarter, thenlook for gifts at The Puzzle Place, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Watercrest Mall, and finally browse the different shops at La Lucia Mall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Umhlanga Rocks trip website.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Umhlanga Rocks in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Umhlanga Rocks: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Umhlanga Rocks

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Umhlanga Beach, Lillies Quarter, Watercrest Mall, La Lucia Mall, Ballito Lifestyle Centre
Highlights from your plan
The Puzzle Place ©
The Puzzle Place
La Lucia Mall ©
La Lucia Mall
Gateway Theatre of Shopping ©
Gateway Theatre of Shopping

2
nights
Nelspruit

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at i'langa Mall, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, browse the different shops at Bagdad Centre, thentake in the exciting artwork at Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery, thenbrowse the exhibits of The White River Gallery, and finally pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit online vacation planner.

You can fly from Umhlanga Rocks to Nelspruit in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nelspruit when traveling from Umhlanga Rocks in August, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

White River, Safaris
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Safaris
The White River Gallery ©
The White River Gallery
Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery ©
Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery

2
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Phuza Moya Private Game Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, thenexplore the galleries of Kingfisher Gallery, thentake in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and finally stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

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Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery
iNyoka Art Gallery ©
iNyoka Art Gallery

3
nights
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Mandela House, and finally explore the galleries of Kim Sacks Gallery. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, thenexplore the galleries of Art Eye Gallery, and then browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Sandton City.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in August, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sandton
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

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