13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Johannesburg
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Wilderness
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
7
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

1
day
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.
On the 27th (Sat), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg travel planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, things will get a bit cooler in Johannesburg: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris

1
night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.

Before you visit Addo Elephant National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Addo Elephant National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Addo Elephant National Park, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Port Elizabeth in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris

1
night
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): trek along Otter Trail, then view the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery, then snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, and finally make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tsitsikamma National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tsitsikamma National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

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.
On the 31st (Wed), stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors and then contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay day trip site.

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors

1
night
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
On the 2nd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Perdepoort Horse Tails, kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Pharoah Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wilderness trip planner.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Wilderness. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Perdepoort Horse Tails ©
Perdepoort Horse Tails
Pharoah Art Gallery ©
Pharoah Art Gallery

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 3rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Wilderness to Hermanus in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Hermanus sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Stanford, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles. On the next day, hike along Platteklip Gorge and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip maker website.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Cape Town are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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