16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
4
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Appreciate the collections at First South African Perfume Museum and The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Lynx Wines and Waterford Estate. Go for a jaunt from Cape Town to Stellenbosch to see Absolut Art Gallery about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, examine the collection at Cape Town Diamond Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach, and browse the different shops at Canal Walk Shopping Centre.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cape Town visit planner.

Mumbai, India to Cape Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mumbai to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in August: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch
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Watershed ©
Watershed
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate

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 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors and then contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

2
nights
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 17th (Sat), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brenton on Sea.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilderness holiday builder site .

You can take a bus from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August since evenings lows in Wilderness dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Wilderness

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Shark Diving
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

2
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Kumbaya Home Decor. Step out of Kruger National Park to go to Hoedspruit and see iNyoka Art Gallery, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Wilderness to Kruger National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Wilderness, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hoedspruit
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

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.
Head to Neighbourgoods Market and Sandton City Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Liliesleaf Farm & Museum and Mandela House. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Lesedi Cultural Village in Lanseria, about 1 hour away. Spend the 23rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hector Pieterson Museum and examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg travel planner .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, plan for little chillier nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Lesedi Cultural Village, Sandton City Shopping Centre, Liliesleaf
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Liliesleaf ©
Liliesleaf
Lesedi Cultural Village ©
Lesedi Cultural Village
Hector Pieterson Museum ©
Hector Pieterson Museum

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