18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly to King Shaka International Airport, Drive to St Lucia
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly
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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly

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St Lucia — 2 nights

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 18th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Crocodile Centre St Lucia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area and then stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the St Lucia travel website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to St Lucia is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Nelspruit.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Nelspruit — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Montrose Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and then admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from St Lucia to Nelspruit in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Plettenberg Bay.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Garden Route National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Sanctuary The Crags and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and Knysna (Brenton on Sea & Knysna Lagoon). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planning tool.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Plettenberg Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in December, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hermanus.
Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
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Hermanus — 4 nights

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Drostdy Museum (in Swellendam) and Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, look for gifts at Funky Vibes, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, and stroll through Grotto Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hermanus route maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Cape Town.
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
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Cape Town — 6 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Franschhoek Motor Museum and Eikehof. Explore hidden gems such as Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours and !Khwa ttu. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon (in Langebaan). There's still lots to do: stroll through Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, hike along Platteklip Gorge, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife
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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.