18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa planner

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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Robertson
— 2 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg
— 4 nights
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Cape Town

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and Eikehof. Visit Groot Constantia and Castle of Good Hope for their historical value. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see First South African Perfume Museum in Franschhoek, approximately Franschhoek away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, and stop by Bo-kaap.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cape Town journey builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Cape Town reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Robertson.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Robertson

— 2 nights
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers and then learn about winemaking at Four Cousins Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Esona Boutique Wine Estate, get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Robertson road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Robertson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Robertson can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Plettenberg Bay

— 3 nights
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.
Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). The adventure continues: stroll through Birds of Eden and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Robertson to Plettenberg Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Hoedspruit

— 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 29th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Amarula Lapa, and then stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit vacation planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Hoedspruit in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Hoedspruit, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Johannesburg

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Get some historical perspective at Mandela House and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Do some cultural sightseeing at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. The adventure continues: try to win big at Montecasino, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and gain some tasty knowledge on Time Anchor Distillery.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Casinos

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

South Africa travel guide

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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.