18 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

18 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cape Agulhas, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive
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Hermanus, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly
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Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nelspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly to Walvis Bay Airport, Drive to Namib-Naukluft Park
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive to Walvis Bay Airport, Fly to Amsterdam

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 5 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Franschhoek Motor Museum and Eikehof are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Groot Constantia and Robben Island Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Spier Wine Farm (in Stellenbosch). The adventure continues: trek along Platteklip Gorge, kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town holiday maker tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, things will get much hotter in Cape Town: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

Cape Agulhas, South Africa

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): savor the flavors at Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast, admire all the interesting features of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Agulhas sightseeing app.

You can drive from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Hermanus, South Africa

— 1 night
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then stroll through Voelklip Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus online attractions planner.

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Knysna, South Africa

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Cape Palette Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Garden Route National Park and Wilderness Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, Birds of Eden, &more) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Wilderness). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Knysna road trip planning app.

You can fly from Hermanus to Knysna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hoedspruit takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Knysna in December: highs in Hoedspruit hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Nelspruit, South Africa

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
On the 30th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Montrose Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lone Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nelspruit journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

— 3 nights
One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nelspruit to Namib-Naukluft Park. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nelspruit in December, expect Namib-Naukluft Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.

Namibia travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.